Paul Laidler




Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, United Kingdom


Paul Laidier is a Research Associate at the CFPR his area of research is in the nature of making practice and collaboration. Paul's specific area of research looks at comparing previous established practices within the field of fine art printmaking in light of today's digital print technologies.
Paul also produces his own work that is informed by much of his technological activities at the CFPR. His interest in print is through the medium's inherent reproductive process and its cultural impact upon how we have learned to see, understand and describe the world around us. Paul has also been recognized both nationally and internationally through a series of juried exhibitions and publications.


The Human Printer featuring the Print is Dead series


This paper has been developed from a practice-based study for my PhD thesis 2011, entitled: 'Collaborative digital and wide format printing: methods and considerations for the artist and master printer'. The paper discusses the panel's themes of printmaking, collaboration, process, and the digital age as a series of concepts toward the initiation and production of a digitally mediated 'print' series 'Print is Dead' (figures 1, 2, 3 & 4). Here the preoccupation with production and process is emphasised over the end product as a means to address the collaborative print process and the conceptual considerations for the work, engaging with printmaking themes. Whilst the resulting works are not prints in the truest sense, printmaking is imbedded as a means to consider the broadening definition of 'print' in the digital age. In this instance printmaking is considered as an expanded term through the production of paintings and drawings whilst the digitally mediated 'print' is realised through the Print on Demand model - a facility synonymous with digital technology. Collectively the themes and production processes highlight the often de-emphasised collaborative undertaking by printers for artists, and the subsequent acknowledgement of this art category, whilst the resulting artworks challenge assumptions of authorship and originality in the production of artworks for artists.


Tuesday 27 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm





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