SPARE, originally conceived as an artist residency, prints publications for other people on their Riso GR3750 machine. Duplication machines like the GR370 have outdated software and worn parts, which directly affect the quality of the prints. This is an issue when dealing with subjects like artworks, where accurate representations of works are expected. Instead of eliminating these inconsistencies, SPARE recognized them as creative variations. Every missed alignment, uneven field of color, or accidental overlay fixes each print to a unique moment in time.
SPARE's identity consists of custom oversized registration marks, or visual devices used to calibrate and check for errors. Traditionally discrete, we designed a series of cards that featured them alongside artwork by other artists. The marks' presence draw attention to each shift the Riso makes and how it affected the character of the work. Rather than producing static duplicates of an image of an artwork, these variations turn each print into a unique object. More than just a tool, the machine becomes another creative collaborator in the art-making process.