Print as Transposition: Introduction

Print as Transposition foregrounds works by Jennifer Bolande, Chryssa, Jef Geys and Rita Maas, who use​ ​photographic and printmaking processes to transfer, merge, layer and cut images and texts from newspapers to create new compositions. Especially noteworthy is Chryssa’s iconic Newspaper, c.1962 – a larger-than-life-sized broadsheet that confronts the viewer with a deluge of indecipherable information. Maas takes the opposite approach – stripping the front page bare of the majority of its contents by digitally cutting and pasting headline excerpts into compositions made with used ink cartridges. While Geys produces his own newspapers inspired by traditional formatting, Bolande cuts into the newspaper itself, drawing serendipitous parallels from its layout, specifically between press images.