This piece is included in the New Impressions Exhibition on display at the museum April 21-July 29, 2023. There are a limited number of these prints available.
Together with Matthias Beck, Lars forms part of the letterpress workshop "Tipos en su tinta" in the Canary Islands. Tipos en su tinta, that has been going for ten years this year, is a totally manual letterpress workshop and most of the printing tools have been rescued from old print workshops on the island of Tenerife, where they both live.
Description of Process
I always try to make use of existing materials and this idea came up while creating letterforms from bases originally used for mounting printing plates. They come in different sizes and can also de combined if a larger base is needed and as they are completely angular, the letters created look pixelated. However, the tool that was used to manufacture these bases back in the days, has left its mark on the surface and in combination with the wear and tear over the many years, makes a curious texture. I also find it interesting to print directly from something that really are meant to be covered up.
Playing with the word, "surface" I discovered a text by the great Roman philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) that somehow fits my way of working, and the idea developed further when contrasting the new "type" with real handset Garamond metal type and printing on fine see through tissue paper, which later was overlayed a series of unique monotype prints created with the remaining black ink.