Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990

15 September – 16 December 2017, Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries


 Xerox print by Eduardo Kac

On View

15 September – 16 December 2017
Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries

Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990 will reveal the innovative uses of ordinary commercial copying practices by artists working in Brazil across two politically fraught decades. The exhibition will introduce Southern California audiences to this unfamiliar and often overlooked work, including not only the innumerable images made on standard copy paper but also works machine-printed on unconventional materials such as metal, wood, and glass. The low cost of production and unique formal qualities of photocopies, including imperfections that the machine introduced, initially attracted artists like Paulo Bruscky to the medium. Later on, artists including Hudinilson Jr. and Mário Ramiro performed actions in front of the photocopier, using it as a sort of camera. Eventually, this experimentation led to work in fax, videotext, and other forms of early new media. In essence, photocopy became a new artistic medium, offering exciting possibilities for performance, film, documentation, publishing, and even international exchange through mail art strategies.

Image at top: Eduardo Kac, 2 x 3 X, 1982, xerograph on blue tissue paper mounted on graph paper and black cardboard, Courtesy of the artist.

Gallery Hours:

Monday - Friday
noon - 5:00pm

noon - 4:00pm

Related Events

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 14, 2017
5:00 – 7:00pm

Reception will include an artist performance by Mário Ramiro, creating his work "Lascaux Copy" in the galleries.
Light refreshments will be served. 

Old 'New Media': Xerox Art in Brazil
Monday, September 25 at 6:00pm

Mário Ramiro, Knapp Chair
Manchester Auditorium, Manchester Hall
Free admission and reception to follow.