Adding things to other things

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On the train last week I was doodling a desktop wallpaper and I suddenly remembered that on a computer it’s trivial to add things to other things. So I put some avocados and an onion onto an abstract background of stars and a moons. Why not?

When I was in art school I played around a lot with recombining my work. I recall making a painting on an 18″ x 24″ canvas. The Kinko’s near my school had a large format 18″ x 24″ photocopier. Kinko’s was open 24 hours. I went to Kinko’s late and made a copy of my painting on standard paper. Then I used their card stock. Then I ran some print making paper through the copier. Nice. Then I ran some watercolor paper through. Bonk. I created an epic paper jam. Since it was about 1:00 am, I opened hatches and turned levers until I got my paper out. I reassembled the machine and disappeared into the night. I laminated those photocopies onto luan panels and painted on top photocopies of my paintings. Later I learned Photoshop was a thing.

Michael Barrett

Tacoma, WA 98402