Date of Work
Archival Digital print on LexJet paper
Lower Left, Backside
Art & Design Study Collection: Binary Inventions Portfolio
Stored - FF_006_V
UND Art Collections Repository
Michael Mercil is Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University. He received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Chicago. Among the venues where his art has been shown are the Columbus Museum of Art, the North Dakota Museum of Art, and the University of Virginia Art Museum. Public commissions include projects for Teardrop Park in New York and Allegheny Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh. These digital prints were conceived as a diptych and the second images intentionally inverted.
Binary Inventions was produced for and exhibited during Binary Inventions: the 2012 University of North Dakota Arts & Culture Conference. The exhibit ran from October 3-25, 2012, at the Third Street Gallery, Grand Forks, North Dakota. The artists were invited to approach the theme of Binary Inventions broadly, to consider the digital influence on the things they make art about and the ways they go about making their art. These prints demonstrate a variety of digital approaches and were editioned in a digitally mediated collaboration between the artists’ studios and master printmakers.
The conference, co-directed by Joel Jonientz, Brett Ommen, Kim Fink, and Brian Fricke, benefited from the support of the UND’s department of Art & Design, Communication Program, UND Art Collections, and Department of Music. Additional support came from the UND Office of the Provost, the UND College of Arts and Sciences, the Myers Foundation, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
The portfolio was developed and editioned digitally by UND’s Sundog Multiples and Erik Beehn, former Master Printer at Gemini G.E.L print studios in Los Angeles, California. Sundog Multiples, under the direction of Professor Kim Fink, operates in affiliation with the UND’s Department of Art & Design to engage students more meaningfully in printmaking processes, to provide collaborative opportunities for students and artists, and to observe professional artists at work.