A series of 3-D prints / artist’s books / written objects
Singles (2014) is a series of five 3-D acrylic prints with the dimensions of 45 RPM vinyl records, housed in glossy, transparent plastic sleeves. The faux labels feature minimalist couplets printed in reflective opposition. The language lends volume to font and type cases that cite the golden era of Jamaican dub music. The language intrudes or extrudes from the queasy greenish-white “vinyl” itself, and the grooves are replaced by a single, sunken band. An unlimited edition in a series of five, Singles negotiates print culture as skeuomorphic nostalgia for environmental detritus, with the caveat that intellect and sentiment serve as bordering ecosystems for the grand archive that is “the” environment. It is also a critique of contemporary artisanal capitalism.
Patrick Durgin is the author of several books, including PQRS. Durgin is also editor of Hannah Weiner’s Open House and The Early and Clairvoyant Journals of Hannah Weiner. He teaches critical theory, literature, and writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Patrick Durgin @ Pennsound and @ EPC
Forthcoming is an artist’s statement regarding Singles, as one of Durgin’s series of Commentaries for Jacket2, entitled Witness.