I misuse copiers and fax machines to extract pseudo-primitive technological artifacts from ordinary office invoices.
Broken free from the constraints of functionality, the resulting “copies” coexist both as documentation of an artist's movements suspended in time, and as the perceptive ephemera of an occult landscape undulating in xerographic transmutation.
In the spirit of the Gutai, the boundaries of selfhood are abandoned to the physicality of procedure, wherein pure, numinous multiplicity is embraced.
American artist Brandon Drake is an alchemist of office supplies.
After graduation he entered the work force and immediately began experimenting with copiers, scanners, and fax machines.
His interest in the Gutai, in particular painter Kazuo Shiraga, lead him to develop his own personal system of photocopy manipulations. Office invoices are placed face down on the glass, copied, recopied, overprinted and dragged through non-existence and back.
He has no idea how the resulting image will appear. For his series Xerographica, he has selected 100 “copies” from over 2500 total.
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