- 27th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2016
A beautiful work of art the first time you try is the promise you get when acquiring a paint by number. As a novice painter by number, your only requirement is to follow a specific method: filling a grid composed of different zones defined by numbers corresponding to a specific color palette.
Could this seemingly stubborn and uncreative activity of paint by number be labelled a form of ‘art’? If not then, could it be a ‘craft’? Are there any opportunities within this process for some free-minded, creative gestures? In that case, could a painter by number claim a certain authorship over his ‘piece’? One sure thing is that the status and the motivations of a painter by number are ambiguous, and that the idea of self-expression within this specific field is debatable.
Paint by number conceptually deals with the virtuality and potentiality of a work rather than the work as an outcome. The grid of the work is there, waiting to be filled. This grid raises questions of legibility and recognition of an image. A painting by numbers underlines how colors, but also simplification of shapes play part in the perception and reproduction of iconic, identifiable images.
The Paint by Number Museum is an installation which is the result of an investigation and speculations within this field. Its intention is also to stress the possibility of subversive painting by numbers practices. It is a negotiation between ‘authentic’ objects of documentation and fictional artefacts.
This project is supported by the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.
This event is a part of the Off Programme – open space devoted to workshops, interventions, and other presentations and activities related to graphic design. The authors are solely responsible for the nature of this event. The program is subject to change.
Émilie Ferrat (1992) is a graphic designer. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2015. She is interested, among others, in how images and stories are constructed, produced and circulate, and in how codes of representation can be appropriated and de-contextualized / re-contextualized. She currently works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Among her collaborators is François Girard-Meunier.
François Girard-Meunier (1990) is a graphic designer. He graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2015. He is interested, among others, in visual culture, with an strong interest in the questions of authorship and representation. He was recently invited to the Canadian Center for Architecture in the context of the Call for Captions residency (supported by the Andrew Mellon Fund). He currently works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Among his collaborators is Émilie Ferrat.
The Off Programme is conceived as an open space for workshops, interventions and other graphic design presentations. Following the success of its launch in the previous edition, this time it will be primarily focused on exhibition projects.
The authors are solely responsible for the nature of this event. The program is subject to change.