Six new Tauba Auerbach prints, “Mesh/Moiré I-VI”, 2012 have been unleashed by Park Life and Paulson Blot Press. The material is classic Tauba Auerbach and these are excellent and successful works in process and composition that should please her fans. You can read details about the process on a promotional flyer/PDF that the press has released.
A lot of Auerbach’s art is about the tension between an almost total control over what goes into a process and an absence of control about the result that emerges from that process. She explores her system and process thoroughly, with thought and experimentation, and then when she’s ready, she lets go.
Following that intro is an interview with the artist that reveals in generous detail the process that produced the patterned prints. The issue price is $4,500 for each of the 6, with sets available. Let the feeding frenzy begin. For those west coasters that want a closer look, we assume that Park Life will be showing off these beauties at the artMRKT San Francisco May 16-19.
The above images are from either the Paulson Bott Press site or the promotional flyer. Paulson Bott has a long history with Tauba Auerbach, which you can browse on their site. Some of these prints may be available still, they’re probably upwards of $5K by now.
In thinking about these new prints, we did some reading about past Aurebach prints and came up with a few details to share. With the recent well-documented blockbuster exhibition Tetrachromat came an uncharacteristic untitled edition of 120 spray-paint-on-my-studio-floor silk screen prints on black paper, which may have started out around $700*. Some images from the artist’s studio on the Goldminer Project reveal how these prints came about.
In 2011 came a pair of C-prints, “Static 18” and “Static 19“, from Texte Zur Kunst. These 2 editions started out at the awesome price of 245 euro and have easily appreciated an order of magnitude* since then. There were 30 of each of these plus 10 proofs. As their titles suggest, these are a continuation of a long series of haunting static prints that came in much smaller editions. The “static” series followed “crumple”, “shatter” and “crease”, all concerned with randomness, disruption and confusion. You can follow up about many of these earlier prints by getting ahold of the increasingly scarce monograph Chaos (alternate link), put out in 2010 by Deitch Projects.
Tauba Auerbach’s website has an excellent list of her works. Click through, it’s good way to spend an afternoon into evening.
And finally, one more mesmerizing print. This one, “Untitled (Fold)”, was a Printed Matter benefit print from 2009. It’s a shame that here we can only trade in these little images which fail to draw you in and play with your vision and perception the way the full size and real editions do. From the Printed Matter description:
Tauba Auerbach’s two-tone screenprint is a visual cacophony of purple and yellow gridded dots that, when seen at a distance of 9 or 10 feet, resolve into an ingenious optical illusion suggesting a piece of paper that has been folded into sixteen segments.