University of San San Diego
Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990
September 15, 2017 through December 16, 2017

Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990 examines the innovative uses of ordinary commercial copying practices by artists working in Brazil across two politically fraught decades and will introduce Southern California audiences to works and practices that are largely unknown outside Latin America. The range is surprising, including not only images made on standard-size A4 copy paper, but also Xerox “films,” performance-based works employing fax machines, diazotypes, and also images machine-printed on materials such as metal and wood. Those represented include now internationally recognized artists such as Paulo Bruscky, León Ferrari, and Eduardo Kac. While the low cost and subversive potential initially attracted artists to xerography and other commercial print media, later artists including Hudinilson Jr. and Mário Ramiro used photocopiers and the resulting copies as tools to document their performances. Eventually, photocopy became a new artistic medium, offering exciting possibilities for performance, film, self-publishing, and even international exchange through mail art strategies. This experimentation led to work in fax, videotext, and other forms of early new media. Major support is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

Image Credits:
Paulo Bruscky, Fax Performance, 1985, collage on paper, 20 x 35 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Nara Roesler
Mário Ramiro, Lascaux Copy, 1984, photocopier toner affixed onto wall, Courtesy of the artist
Mário Ishikawa, Democratic Tournament (Torneio democrático), 1980, xerograph on paper, 66.7 x 63.5 cm, Courtesy of the artist
Letícia Parente, from Women, 1976, three xerographs on paper, Courtesy of the Estate of Letícia Parente and Galeria Jaqueline Martins

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