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westbeth

The spiritual inspiration behind this print is none other than Westbeth Artists’ Housing, the famed cooperative housing project in West Village in Lower Manhattan. Far from a reverential homage, the print is actually a bit of a joke on the importance given to the “artist’s mark” as a sign of authenticity. I started with strong brush stroke gestures but then repeated them so the viewer can clearly see they were manufactured rather than handmade. To emphasize they had been digitized, I deliberately used a suboptimal resolution. I wanted to create a print that looked a little messy—as if I had ran it through an old dot-matrix printer. Consequently, the result feels a little broken apart—like out of a zine. Post-punk nostalgia, I guess.