Untitled (Book Objects) as Objects That Make Themselves
Referencing artist Dorothea Rockburne's Drawing Which Makes Itself (1973), I perform repetitive actions to create a series of objects that seemingly "make themselves."

In 2014, I was invited to participate in The Printer's Ball. In a day-long performative installation, I set up a photocopy machine to copy blank paper onto itself, creating geometric abstracted images on the fronts and backs of the sheets. Arranging the prints into stacks, I perfect-bound the photocopies and finished them using a guillotine to create dimensional geometric forms, Book Objects. My repetitive production method mimicked the mechanized actions of the photocopier, which rhythmically churned out prints for the duration of the event. The resulting objects carry this duality as austerely-presented, formal objects with the subtlety of hand-binding and intimate scale.

In 2016, I was invited by Fugitive Arts to perform this piece as part of their project, 2x3: A Generative Artwork Residency Project. Over the course of three days, I produced a variety of photocopy prints and two editioned bookworks, Untitled (Glitch) and Untitled (Weave) in their gallery-turned-publishing-studio.

Images below are from the performance and installation at The Printer's Ball (July 2014), The world is mystical, dangerous and delicious at Western Exhibitions (January 30 to March 7, 2015), and the 2x3: A Generative Artwork Residency Project(August 2016).


I am interested in how this performance can continue. Have access to a copier? Let's talk.

Untitled (Book Objects), on-going
bound photocopies on steel wall-mounted shelves
variable sizes (~ 7" h x 6" w x 1.5" d)