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A two-hander

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In a series of works dating from 2013–2014, the British painter Andy Harper ‘doubles’ painted images using a direct form of contact printing. This operation on the part of the painter brings together the traditional practice of painting with the purely mechanical act of printing, a doubling of the image. The accompanying text considers the principle of symmetry implied in this act, through a reading of Kant’s early philosophy of space and the crucial role played in it by the notion of ‘handedness’ or orientation.
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Keywords: Lewis Carroll; fold; painting; printing; symmetry; two-hander

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2015

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  • Journal of Contemporary Painting responds to the territory and practice of contemporary painting in its broadest sense, viewing painting as a context for discussion, exploring its sphere of history and influence, rather than as a medium specific debate. The JCP combines a thematic approach with an open call, each issue opening up and problematising pressing concerns in contemporary painting.

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