Notes on The Anniversary Project

2013 + 10 = 2023

2013 + 50 = 2063

2013 + 100 = 2113

Description:

Two horizontal pieces, each with accompanying vertical ensigns. Large format screenprints on Japanese paper.

Each piece contains at least one unique mark indicating an anniversary year. There are one, two, ten, fifty, or hundred year anniversary year marks to choose from. Some of the pieces contain multiple marks: a joint hundred-and-fifty year anniversary. A combined ten-, fifty-, and hundred-year anniversary. A massed cloud of ten-year anniversaries. A broken grid of two year marks.

In theory, this is similar to the numerology behind the Japanese festival Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3), but for older people and spanning much wider spans of years, including multiple generations. So, one version is 100-10-2.  Another version is 100-50-10.

The hundred-year anniversary of John Cage’s birth. The fifty-year anniversary of the favorite dojo opening. A ten-year wedding anniversary. Two-year anniversary of Tohoku tsunami, the two-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising. A child’s first birthday.

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Cali Blue Horizon Ensigns, 2013

Two narrow diptychs, flanking. Two strips of paper, joined in the middle to form one narrow vertical band and hung where two walls meet. If desired, both planes that meet at the corner can each have a slightly different ensign at the meeting point. Size is 90mm x 965.2mm for each strip, so a total surface area of 90mm x 1930.4mm. Hand-fed inkjet on re-sized surface gampi.

Composition elements include:

  • 010, 050, 100 anniversary elements
  • moon painting
  • sunset fragments
  • fades

Cali Contrails, 2013

Wide diptych. Four irregularly-sized sheets of paper, joined in the middle to form one wide horizontal band with visible cuts. Size is 431.8mm x 965.2mm for each sheet, so a total surface area of 863.6mm x 970mm. Hand-fed inkjet on re-sized surface gampi.

Composition elements include:

  • 010 anniversary element, cloud clusters
  • 002 anniversary element, radiant grid
  • San Francisco to Los Angeles contrails
  • sharkfin sails
  • fades
  • knot line contrails
  • type regression simulations

1_a_future_technique_installed

Cali Blue Moon Ensign, 2013

Narrow diptych. Two strips of paper, joined in the middle to form one narrow vertical band and hung where two walls meet. If desired, both planes that meet at the corner can each have a slightly different ensign at the meeting point. Size is 90mm x 965.2mm for each strip, so a total surface area of 90mm x 1930.4mm. Hand-fed inkjet on re-sized surface gampi.

Composition elements include:

  • 100 anniversary elements
  • moon painting
  • 100-to-1 owls
  • fades

A Future Technique, 2013

Wide triptych. Three long sheets of paper, one with a section cut out, joined at the edges to form one wide horizontal band. Size is 431.8mm x 965.2mm for each sheet, so a total surface area of 1295.4mm x 970mm. Hand-fed inkjet on re-sized surface gampi.

Composition elements include:

  • 001, 002, 010, 050, 100 anniversary elements
  • 100 to 1 element
  • 100 to 1 owls
  • moon painting
  • cali sunset fragments
  • fades
  • sunglint

As shown:

Awards Winners Exhibition
The 3rd NBC MESHTEC TOKYO INTERNATIONAL SCREEN PRINT BIENNIAL
Miyadera Raita, Soga Sayaka, Wabe Mai, Benjamin De Kosnik
April 22-27, 2013
Gallery West, Ginza 1-3-3, Chuo-ku,Tokyo, Japan.

Production Notes:

Paper is from Kochi, Japan. “KM-04 Surface Gampi Natural” sourced via Hiromi Paper International in Santa Monica, CA.

Printed at Devastation Pacific, Capp Street, San Francisco, CA.

Japanese language version of this page: 周年のプロジェクト.

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