Command: Print’s two sets of work, Printer Paintings (2013) and Remaining and Expanding (2016), are linked by the shared etymologies of two words that relate to both printing and military lexicon: cartridge and magazine. ‘Magazine’ first referred to a ‘place for storing goods, especially military ammunition’, while ‘cartridge’ comes from the French cartouche which related to a full charge for a pistol originally wrapped in paper.
The Printer Paintings are composed from the principal tones of colour printing – CMYK and grey. Superimposed rectangular elements represent printer cartridges, with one of the four ink colours taken in turn as the main hue of each panel. Coloured units are contrasted with dazzling white in an almost moiré, chequered design.
Remaining and Expanding comes out of the artist’s ongoing research into Islamic State propaganda, and in particular its online magazine Dabiq. Thirty-six panel paintings are constructed from the design and layouts of page-spreads from one issue; transformed – in the absence of their controversial contents – into pure form and colour so the viewer can consider the structures rather than content of propaganda. The palette is made up of CMYK and RGB, moving from the printed image to the screen image. The installation of the series in the gallery imagines the issue before publication, as a set of mock-ups in some unknown editorial office or bunker.