Manual v.2.1

Cumberland, Kelly and Walker, Michael (2016) Manual v.2.1. [Artefact]

Abstract

The output is an artist’s book, or ‘printed exhibition’, that reflects Cumberland’s on-going engagement with artists and gallerists in Palma de Mallorca. Research process: Central to Cumberland’s research practice is an investigation into the nature of a serial body of work, the complex relationships between repetition, reproduction and difference and its manifestations as expanded drawing practice. The process of making and documenting exhibitions leads to the development of strategies of dissemination, extending the reach of a body of work, and making new connections. Research insights: The on-going project with artists and gallerists in Palma de Mallorca involving a series of exhibitions and publications enables Cumberland to continue to explore what a drawing could be when it is reproduced, reformatted and remade. Experimentation and investigation with the documentation and representation of Cumberland’s expanded drawing practices, explores a series of works through the print and the publishing field. Thus, the boundary between art piece and catalogue begins to collapse. The printed exhibition in its design, layout and image selection, co-exist to provide relevant exhibition information whilst also contributing as an artwork in its own right. The exhibition is an immediate experience whilst the printed exhibition exists as a longstanding memory over time. This episodic process enables the artist to renew, re-consider, rework and re-engage with the possibilities of expanded drawing practices as part of the cycle of making. Dissemination: The publication was disseminated via Aba Art Lab Gallery as part of Art Palma Brunch, April 2016.

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