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'Experiments in Electrostatics' documents the photocopier - Photocopy Art at Whitney Museum of American Art

"Experiments in Electrostatics: Photocopy Art from Whitney’s Collection, 1966–1986" traverses back in time when the photocopier was used as a creative tool.

From its emergence in the 1960s for the public until the domination of the digital tools from 1980s, the photocopier has evolved much from its initial function of reproducing office documents. Artists conveniently used it as a camera and as a printer at times to create original fine art reproductions. They placed objects on the flatbed, distorted images in the process of scanning, and manipulated aspects like exposure, density, and saturation settings that led to the achievement of dramatic, and unexpected artistic results.

These works of art, a far cry from “photocopies,” were still lifes, portraits, abstractions, and collages that reflected the inventiveness of their creators.

The exhibition, "Experiments in Electrostatics" brings to the forefront the works of three artists and one collective — Edward Meneeley, Lesley Schiff, Robert Whitman, and the International Society of Copier Artists. Organized by curatorial fellow, Michelle Donnelly, the show studies and explores in depth the ways these artists found self-expression and originality through a machine that was but designed for replication.

"Experiments in Electrostatics: Photocopy Art from Whitney’s Collection, 1966–1986" runs through March 2018 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St, New York, USA

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek of the exhibition | 07.12.2017 08:30