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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Photocopy Club: Taking Art Offline

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 2:39 PM

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Much of today's art exists solely on the web — created via a web-based platform and exhibited on websites — but one curator is changing that through a project known as The Photocopy Club. The brainchild of London-based curator Matt Martin, he's working with S.F. photographer Michael Jang on bringing the Europe-based project to San Francisco for a four-day show this February.

"I created The Photocopy Club to build a platform for photographers to exhibit their work through an open submission process. I wanted to help get photography off the internet and get printed matter back into the hands of the public through [black-and-white] Xerox printing," says Martin.

Each image lining the walls of the Book and Job Gallery will be $10 — making it an affordable venture for not just the artists, but for the buyers as well.

"The Photocopy Club is meant to be affordable for the photographer, the curator and the collector. I designed it in a way that the set up was like a giant zine that everyone could take a page from," adds Martin. 

The works at the San Francisco show, running from February 12-15, will feature S.F.-based artists Jang, Alex Wein, Nighted, Alovetoken, Teenwitch and others. And for those who feel inspired to follow suit — and want to take their works off the internet "wall" and exhibit them a tangible space — Martin says:  "Work with what you have. If you are struggling to get your work into a gallery, then make your own space. It could be in your home, garage, workplace. Find interesting ways of printing and get your work out into the world."

If you're interested in contributing a black-and-white photo to the show, submissions are still being accepted; and if you're interested in seeing the works in person, the show opens February 12 at the Book and Job Gallery (838 Geary).
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