For the 5th node of the Rhizome series, Capitain Petzel presents works from a selection of artists from the gallery program, revolving around the Technical Image – a term adapted by contributing artist Walead Beshty for his exhibition and accompanying publication Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018. This project concerned itself with the exploration of the rich history of mechanically-reproduced imagery from the nineteenth century to the present.
The term Technical Image was originally coined in the early 1980s by the Czech-born philosopher Vilém Flusser, who defined it simply as “an image produced by apparatuses”. Understanding apparatuses as automatons of decision making and of the execution of material and symbolic work — which then ultimately arrange symbols and inscribe them in objects — Beshty has used the term of the Technical Image as a production approach and subsequent prism of analysis for his work as well as that of fellow artists. Capitain Petzel has found the term and its pertaining conceptuality equally applicable to the works of other artists in the gallery program, namely Barbara Bloom, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Kelley Walker and Christopher Williams.
Walead BeshtyCross-Contaminated RA4 Contact Print [Black Curl (9:6/MCY/Six Magnet: Los Angeles, California, August 14, 2014, Fujicolor Crystal Archive Super Type C, Em. No. 112-012, Kodak Ektacolor RA Bleach-Fix and Replenisher, Cat. No. 847 1484, 95514), Kreonite KM , 2014Color Photographic Paper294.4 x 127 cm
115.9 x 50 inches
117.5 x 51.4 x 2.5 inches / 298.4 x 130.5 x 6,4 cm
Barbara BloomWorks for the Blind (One day, quite some time ago), 1988Archival digital prints, braille84 x 63.5 x 4 cm
33.1 x 25 x 1.6 inchesEdition 12/15
Peter PillerHOE 21, 2019Pigment print29 x 60 cm
11.4 x 23.6 inchesEdition of 3 plus 1 AP
Seth Price90s Style Teeth, 2018Inkjet, acrylic polymer, gesso, glue, plastic, wood, metal121.3 x 174.6 cm
47.8 x 68.7 inches
Kelley WalkerStacked Pioneer PL-518_4, 2018acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame208.3 x 142.2 x 3.8 cm
82 x 56 x 1.5 inches
Christopher WilliamsUntitledFocal length: 210mmAperture: f/11Image ratio: 1.75:1Distance lens to focal plane: 33 cm Distance film layer to focal plane: 91 cm Bellows extension: 36.75 cmDepth of field: 2.155 mmStudio Rhein Verlag, Düsseldorf November 10, 2015, 2016Inkjet print on cotton rag paperPaper: 85.7 x 68.6 cm / 33.8 x 27 inches
Framed: 120.8 x 102.2 cm / 47.6 x 40.2 inchesEdition of 10