COLLAGE/DRAWING

Bibliophiles is a unique series of collages and mixed media works using book covers from the ongoing project, ‘Add To My Library’, found papers, old posters and exhibition cards from the artist’s archive gathered during the last 5 years. They return us to the quieter waters of scholars in their study, an emblem dating back to Jan van Eyck’s 15th century oil painting of St Jerome. With their seductive dog-eared colour corners (Mitrenstse’s trademark gesture) the collages reference pre-Gutenberg manuscript culture, a historical epoch when there was still a premium attached to the act of close reading, and the explosive impact of the printed word was yet to occur. The Wifi is Weak’,‘Denial of Service’, ‘No E-scape Inter-space’ and ‘Our mental space was the Database’ are titles attached to some of the new works. Mitrentse transforms actual hard backs from ‘ATML -Bibliographic Data Flow’ into colourful flat canvases, on which to explore post-internet text based ‘landscapes’/‘mentalscapes’ particularly how the digital world seems to function as a ‘referee’ between humans and nature. These works also imply a parallel between the unstable logistics of both scriptorium and ‘E-scapes’ lifestyle, where copying errors were and can be transmitted virally. For nearly 600 years in-between though, the hallowed physical book has reigned supreme, monopolising academic and popular culture, only now assuming a different sort of role in response to a new kid on the block: digital literature and the post-human internet. Indeed as if in response to the challenge of cyberspace, the history of the book has also emerged as a legitimate, brand new discipline, the beginnings of a specialised and hugely fertile archival recapitulation of the phylum.

View also ADD TO MY LIBRARY Vol. II   | View also  ADD TO MY LIBRARY Vol.III

The_wifi_is_weak_mitrentse_web         THE WIFI IS WEAK, antique hardbacks belgian & english hand bound , screen-print, vinyl letters, stardust, ribbons, wood, 90x65cm 

Denial_of_service_mitrentse_web

              DENIAL OF SERVICE, antique hardbacks, screen print , vinyl letters, stardust, ribbons, wood, 117 x125 cm

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                               NO E-SCAPE – INTERSPACE, antique hardbacks, vinyl letters ,stardust, screen print, ribbons, wood, 80x50cm

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NIKE – A work of Art On which the Auctioneers’ Hammer Will Never Fall. unique screen-print silver & gold ink on book covers, ribbons, 90x 120cm

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