Fools will copy but copies will not fool


Susan Sontag, in her essay, On Photography, discusses the “democratization of experience” as the translation of any experience into image. In Fools will copy but copies will not fool, I append a corollary to that sentiment.

The work leans toward an assertion that inherent in the democratization of experience is the distortion of experience. Through generation loss, every succeeding copy is an unfaithful copy.

The infidelity that may be found in each reproduction when compared to its source image speaks of material conditions, the variance in my unsteady hand, or even the weather. I wink at this complicity (of the artist/the fool that copies) with one drawing, a flawed-by-design rendering of a historic biblical misprint: “Thou shalt commit adultery.”

The rest of the pieces on display are continuing explorations of the Windows Printer Test Page/Pagína de prueba de la impresora series wherein I mimic (in as much as I am capable) print failure, applying charcoal and oil on canvas in not exactly the same way a printer would apply ink on paper, but perhaps in the same spirit: one fool to another, copying unfaithful copies.