The Art of the Xerox


Partisan Gallery tonight hosts a celebration of the photocopied image. Twenty artists from SF and NY contributed homemade books made up of nothing but Xeroxes. The books will be on view at tonight’s opening, and for sale in limited-edition box sets.

As a teenager, making concert flyers and comic books and poor man’s poster art, I spent hours hovering over a copier. Now I work in a largely paperless office and rarely look at or read anything that’s not on the internet. I really hope this exhibition doesn’t trigger an intense longing for the sounds and smells of Kinko’s.

Gravel & Gold has lots more details here.


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3 Responses to “The Art of the Xerox”

  1. Kathryn says:

    Ah, I remember those old teen days of dealing with paper jams and stapler problems as I created zines and paper art. And the nuances of figuring out how to cheat the copy shops for my copies. I suppose using the Internet is much greener but weren’t those the good old days?

  2. Allan Hough says:

    In the ’90s, you could just gank one of Mailboxes Etc.’s counter cartridges, and rip a hole in the side for access to the magnetic reset switch. Then you go in, take an official counter, make 10 copies on it, make 500 copies on the hacked counter, make 10 more on the real counter, pay for 20 copies.

  3. zinzin says:

    i used to spend the entire day upstairs at the Kinkos on Market & Duboce, designing and printing resumes, flyers, presentations, etc. Tidy little business at that time. i think i paid for the first hour of computer time and the first 10 copies or something. it was so busy, no one ever knew (or cared). if i had a really big job, i would go overnight to the one in the Inner Sunset. literally, the guy that worked there would lie down behind the counter and sleep. Ah, larceny…why are you so sweet? certainly beat having an actual job, at the time….