Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kay Rosen

Two buttons, for button week, alongside their public installation counterparts, and an excellent new edition by Kay Rosen, one of my very favorite artists:

Kay Rosen
Spoof Proof
Toronto, Canada: Paul + Wendy Projects, 2012
Image 16 x 15.5 inches, Paper size 22 x 21.5 inches
Handprinted Serigraph on acid free archival paper
Edition of 40 signed and numbered copies
$400 CDN

"Ed Ruscha's iconic 1962 painting OOF is not spoof proof, but SPOOF PROOF is. Made in the same font, colors, comic spirit, and proportions as OOF, SPOOF PROOF seeks to take advantage of a found bit of text which looks like the back end of of a word. OOF seems to challenge the user to complete it. After all, it isn't really a word; it is a groan or grunt expressing some sort of discomfort. SPOOF PROOF attempts to fend off future spoofs as it front loads O-O-F with S-P and P-R. It suggests that the riff ends here, but art builds on art in unanticipated ways, so the riff never really ends."

I just bought one of these and you should too.

Available here.

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