You the Collector
PRESENTED BY : ArtThrob
|Medium||Traditional relief watermarked hand-made paper multiple|
James Webb (b. 1975) is based in Cape Town, South Africa.
One of the most unique collaborations in this portfolio is Webb’s print You, the Collector, editioned by Genevieve Wood – who also worked with Cameron Platter on his edition for ArtThrob. Webb’s practice is characterised by a ‘strategic conceptualism’ that rarely involves the production of an actual art object. His sensibility is one that seeks to engage site and audience with both the tangible and intangible, seen and unseen, and this print – although an object – is no exception.
You, the Collector is a rarely seen paper multiple produced in the path of Hurricane Irene at Dieu Donné Papermill in Hells Kitchen, New York City. Embedded in the paper is a traditional relief watermark in Cochin font produced on a Timothy Moore wove papermaking mould, in archival cotton and Philippine Abaca fibre, with titanium white pigment.
The watermark reads: ONCE ALL MULTIPLES IN THIS EDITION HAVE BEEN DESTROYED BY FIRE, EACH COLLECTOR WILL BE RELIEVED OF A SINGLE PAINFUL MEMORY. EXHIBITION OR STORAGE WILL BRING GRAVE MISFORTUNE TO YOU, THE COLLECTOR.
The edition was signed by the artist on the full moon of September in Cape Town when the moon was in the House of Pisces.