Deadpan, or, The Holy Toast
New Edition of Prints, 2009
Deadpan, or, The Holy Toast is a suite of 17 prints that was created in 1995 and first exhibited in the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA95) in Montreal. The suite was subsequently shown at Artemisia Gallery in Chicago, at the Polytechnic University in Valencia (Spain), and in several other venues. The original prints, on Fujix photographic printing paper, were quite small, 8 x 9.25 inches on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. In 2009 I printed a new edition on my Epson 9900, on 17 x 22 inch Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper with an image size of 16.2 x 14.0 inches. The first full suite of prints in the new edition, number 1 in the edition of 5 (with 2 artist's proofs), was acquired by the Addison Gallery of American Art in 2013.
Documentation of the original suite can be found at http://paulhertz.net/worksonpaper/toast/index.html. The site includes an artist statement and various reviews. The images were created in an early version of Pixar's 3D modeling and rendering environment Renderman, using texture maps created from pieces of toast bitten in 17 topologically distinct ways.
The seventeen images in the Deapan suite are available in a limited edition of 5 prints of each image at Ignotus Editions.
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