“Erotikon I” (Letterpress)
The first of seven prints in the Erotikon series, 2005.
In his 1908 essay “Ornament and Crime,” Austrian architect Adolf Loos declared “All art is erotic. The first ornament that was born, the cross, was of erotic origin. The first work of art, the first artistic act was erotic…”
These works on paper are visual—and tactile—explorations of the idea of erotic iconography, what Loos might characterize as erotic ornament. These Erotikons do not explicate, they implicate; rather than unfold and expose, they enfold and entwine.
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EDITION: 30 signed and numbered; 3 artist’s proofs
DIMENSIONS: 13.5 x 11 inches
MEDIA: Letterpress printed in black, warm red, and metallic blue-grey ink on Crane’s Fluorescent White 179 lb. Bristol, Kid Finish
PRINTING: Mark Fox, with the assistance of Richard Seibert / St. Hieronymous Press / Berkeley
DESIGN: © 2005 Mark Fox / BlackDog / Petaluma
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