HOUSE LEFT STAGE RIGHT is a collaborative publication with ROLU, and part of Reproduction Request (Half-Letter), organized by the Center for Ongoing Research and Projects (COR&P), an artist space in Columbus, Ohio. Away from conventional centers of art production, their shows are usually experienced through images and texts online, another kind of venue where content can mutate and re-contextualize. This is a contrast from the physical visit, where the presentation of work is highly choreographed and interpretation is narrowly controlled. Reproduction Request acknowledges this as a unique quality of COR&P and extends this idea into a series of exhibitions that exist only within a physical publication, and only travels via individually photocopied versions.
House Left Stage Right focuses on the work of Guy de Cointet, an LA-based French artist known for his sculptural, typographic, and performative works, and an important influence on both of us. Starting from a series of sculptures referenced only in images, ROLU constructed physical replicas which were then translated into graphic forms. This act of reproduction and translation is an important aspect of our respective practices as a tool to learn and discover, as well as a way to surface these ideas for others to utilize and expand upon. As an academic tool, photocopying itself frees artworks from its physical limitations as precious and defined objects, and allows them to exist as ideas and thoughts that float in many directions, ready to be understood in new ways.