13" x 19" archival inkjet limited edition print 90lb watercolor paper with a matte finish. A limited edition of 150 prints, each signed and numbered. Each print features a stamped impression of a Japanese seal.
Text: An extract from email discussion with the artist and poet Catherine Byron: "What an intriguing idea about the affinity between the barcode and conceptual calligraphy—that black/white binary is also expressed at the digital heart of the computer itself, the 0/1 binary. And that word, digital, contains the idea of 'finger'." "Digital- yes of course! Fingers—and the link with the origins of Roman numerals—but pentadactyle penning is inherently more complex than any mere binary digital manipulation. The spacing of the black/white binary in barcodes seems far more complex than that of most calligraphy. I guess their rigid and simplistic line means that the spacing variation adds a dynamic to the pattern without overpowering it; whereas the free organic line of calligraphy normally demands more regular spacing to avoid complete chaos! I'm speaking pure aesthetics now- which of course is beyond the design brief of the barcode—yet visually stimulating nonetheless."
LONG-LASTING ARCHIVAL MEDIA Printed from an Epson SC P800 using Epson’s 9-color UltraChrome ink system at 2880 dpi on Epson acid-free watercolour paper, a combination to ensure long-lasting quality. Wilhelm Imaging Research (www.wilhelm-research.com) suggest prints using this combination of ink and media will last for over 90 years without appreciable fading, based on indoor display framed under glass. Dark Storage Stability Rating at 73°F/50%RH is indicated to last more than 200 years. Detail is super fine at this resolution, almost ten times better than commercial printing so that even under a magnifying glass, prints hold up to scrutiny.