Solo exhibition of photocopy collages by Jason Haufe at Factory 49, Sydney, Australia. 18 – 28 February 2015
10 November 2014
Paradoxically, technology is both affirmed and denied in the collages of Melbourne based artist Jason Haufe. In spite of the works handmade appearance, not one line or form has been hand drawn.
Haufe uses pieces of paper that were either photocopied from the source material directly, or manipulated digitally on a computer and then printed and photocopied. Much of the source material comes from patterns on the back of pay slips or from the inside of envelopes, photocopied on different scales and then distorted beyond recognition.
These patterns form the basis for the discovery of new visual connections. While collage may be the medium, it is this process that allows the work to function as drawing. Freed from the drudgery of mark making, unique or irregular forms can be repeated many times in new and different combinations.
Undulations and shifts in the line are the result of an emphasis on discovery and decision making, not hand gestures or preconceived ideas. Having exploited the machine in pragmatic fashion, Haufe betrays no love or faith in technology.
This is Jason Haufe’s third solo exhibition at Factory 49 and his first comprising collages.