Nov. 11, 2010
Edition of 80
Silkscreen and inkjet print
Image size: 28 x 30.5 cm | 11 x 12 in.
Paper size: 38 x 40.7 cm | 14 15/16 x 16 in.
Signed and numbered
Published by White Cube, 2011
Nov.11 2010 is a limited-edition print by Fred Tomaselli from an ongoing series in which he reworks lead photographs on the front page of The New York Times. A self-described ‘news junkie’, Tomaselli sees parallels between his own work as a collage artist and that of a newsroom: ‘I tend to see myself as a kind of conductor overseeing a choir of nameless voices singing through artifacts. Newspapers, with their army of editors, writers, fact-checkers and photographers, seem to embody a similar kind of cultural collectivity.’
The series began during the administration of President George W. Bush when Tomaselli realised that the critical comments he scrawled on his morning paper might have artistic potential. He began using collage, ink and acrylic paint – and occasionally computer photo editing softwares – to rework and transform the front-page images, which he then reprints digitally. Sometimes his images are inspired by the content of the newsprint photograph, at others they stem from an internal impulse he cannot fully apprehend.
In Nov.11 2010, a headline about a possible rise in taxes and a decrease in Social Security benefits in the US is accompanied by a photograph from the UK showing a demonstration against tuition increases. A protestor kicks in a shop window, which becomes a kaleidoscopic mosaic of coloured shards. Transforming the signs of a shattered social contract into a psychedelic flashback, Tomaselli’s reworked image seethes with energy – as if the plight of human experience were seeping through dry newsprint.
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