Tuesday March 1, 2011, coffee spill on The New York Times

Above is a scan of coffee spills on the front page of today’s New York Times.

Since January, I have been rendering graphite drawings of coffee spills on The New York Times. The drawings are studies of the newspaper as an object. I am looking at the newspaper with nostalgia, depicting the printed broadsheet in a moment between being commonplace and disposable and becoming an obsolete artifact, part of the morning ritual of another time.

I am using the coffee to frame fractions of the paper, small windows exposing interrupted printed content. I am interested in finding the line between abstraction and familiarity of the language and content of the printed news through these limited glimpses; each word either weighted with more meaning as it stands alone, or interrupted and left empty without context.

I’m looking forward to continuing to develop these drawings from the broadsheet paper throughout the coming month!


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