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Endless Lino Print

"Endless" lino print.

Printed on handmade paper made out of toiletpaper.

A4 (210 x 297 mm), Edition 100, signed and numbered.

*Comes without frame


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My friend and Art historian Marloes van Vugt bought the first print and wrote about the project:

Art and society are inseparable, making artists products of their times. But in recent years, disasters have become part of everyday life, with the threat of climate change, fear of terrorism and now the coronavirus pandemic. In her 2003 essay on photography, "Regarding the Pain of Others," Susan Sontag stated that art's claim to moral purpose relates to our proximity to the event, but also our own capacity for action or inaction. "Compassion," she wrote, "is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers ... If one feels that there is nothing ʻweʼ can do ... then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic."

Inspired by his work 'Endless' (2018), Bas van Wieringen created a limited edition lino print. The image shows two toilet paper rolls hanging underneath each other on a wall. Both ends of the rolls are connected thus creating an endless loop. With the work Van Wieringen constructed a conceptual Gesamtkunstwerk; a call to action from the artist, like Sontag is referring to in her essay. Executed on handmade toilet paper each work takes the artist a day to produce, thus enabling him to stay working — on one condition: that they keep selling. Therefore he deliberately sets the price low; at fifty EUR per print. The title therefore does not only refers to the image but also to the act of making the work itself.

'For me a work works when its makes sense in nonsense. When we can laugh about the absurdity, but take it seriously at the same time. I want the viewer to reconsider the situation by creating minimalistic interventions that are often humorous or/and poetic.' - Bas van Wieringen.

I would say that it is now time for us as viewers to make it a real Gesamtkunstwerk.

Marloes van Vugt