MICHAEL KRUEGER, Titled “Jimi”, archival digital print and lithography w/ hand cutting and folding, 19” x 15.5”, 2007 limited edition – 3 prints, only 2 available.
This is a facsimile of a page from the artist’s original high school notebooks. Each page is printed on a beautiful Japanese paper called Gampi with a high quality archival digital printer. The paper is thin and resembles the look and feel of the original notebook pages while having it’s own special qualities. The artist then prints over these notebook pages with the traditional printmaking medium, lithography. New Imagery is overprinted ultimately juxtaposed with imagery the artist created 20 years ago. Finally these pages are cut out, torn and folded to mimic the original tears, folds and imperfections of the original notebook pages. The result is a strange oversize notebook page that has a real object-like quality.
The Full Metal Journals prints are digital printouts of Michael Krueger’s original high school notebooks with hand-drawn lithographic images printed over them. The notebooks are subtly manipulated in PhotoShop altering the surface to make room for a new image. The new images printed over the digital facsimiles of the notebooks are personal free associations combined with more directed images that conjure war, drug culture and early American history. The updated notebooks are rich with psychological dementia describing past and current cultural paranoia.