Lot 101: Edward Bateman

The Dog Printer
Pigment print from CDV with 3D digital constructions
19 x 13 inches
Series: All the Times We Did Not Know
Edition 2/7
Signed recto pencil
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

Edward Bateman is the head of the Photography area at the University of Utah. His innovative use of 3D computer modeling combined with photography has been written about widely, and has been included in Seizing the Light: A Social and Aesthetic History of Photography by Robert Hirsch and in Printmaking Today, the authorized journal of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in the UK. In 2009, Nazraeli Press released a signed and numbered book of his work titled Mechanical Brides of the Uncanny. His work has been exhibited internationally in over 20 countries and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Victoria & Albert Museum, The China Printmaking Museum, Getty Research, Harvard University, Cornell University, and others.

Many people imagine that 3D printing is a new technology, but its origins lie in the 1880s where it was first used to make useful everyday objects, including dogs. This was a time like ours, when new discoveries were coming rapidly and anything seemed possible. Through constructed and often anachronistic imagery, I create alleged historical artifacts that examine our belief in the photograph as a reliable witness. In this work, every dog is linked to a piece of paper, suggesting that these dogs are actually made of information (a pun that these dogs are pure-bred in a truly immaculate conception.) My work is a reminder that history is constructed and may be just as valid (and malleable) as any other material for an artist to explore.

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