A Sequence of Operations

2015; series of 50 prints; 81x90cm; screen print; ink on museum board.

A Sequence of Operations is a series of fifty unique screen prints. The project’s title refers to Arents’ approach to screen printing: applying the principles of the digital algorithm to the screen printing’s analogue working method. Finding a technique to create a series in which every print is unique, while using only one silk screen, was an essential starting point of this project. The character of the images is defined by three variable elements: the colour of the ink (cyan, magenta and yellow), the position of the paper in relation to the silk screen (repeatedly turned 90 degrees during the screen print process), and by the continuous alteration of the pattern of the screen by the random removal of grid point stickers. Arents approached the screen printing process as a kind of computer program: a formula with variables, an input and an output. Each step leads to a new composition, resulting in 50 unique artworks.

A Sequence of Operations is commissioned by New Window, printed at Print Lab Daglicht and supported by Creative Industries Fund NL.