Analia Saban, ‘Fingerprint’, 2016, Gemini G.E.L.

For the conception of this piece, Saban disrupted the uniform surface of an inked copper plate with the touch of her fingertip before the plate was printed on a sheet of pristine white paper. Once pulled from the press, Saban made a corresponding mark in the margin of the print with the same inked finger. In true collaborative spirit, after Saban signed the RTP, printer Kenny Srivijittakar carried out the editioning, acting as a fingerprint proxy. The work is a play on the definition of a print, as well as the formalities of traditional printmaking and what constitutes the signature of the artist.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil on bottom margin by the artist

Image rights: Fingerprint © 2016, Analia Saban and Gemini G.E.L. LLC

Publisher: Gemini G.E.L.

"Analia Saban is Broken" at Gemini G.E.L., October 22 - December 22, 2016

About Analia Saban

Analia Saban’s sculptural paintings are the result of the artist’s interest in dissecting both the painting process and her works themselves. Saban describes her own method of working as both artistic and scientific—an approach that was inspired by her former instructor John Baldessari. She is best known for using laser cutters, silicone molds and acrylic, and erosive techniques. In her early works, Saban reduced the works of Modernists like Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miró, and Henri Matisse into individual swatches of color, which she then cut out, copied, and rearranged. Since then, her painting practice has also included unraveling painted canvases and wrapping the threads into a single ball; shrink-wrapping oil-on-canvas works such that the paint moved beneath the plastic; and using photographic emulsion as a device for applying marks to painted surfaces.

Argentinian-American, b. 1980, based in Los Angeles, California