HOT Found Comic: “HP Testprint” (Mike Getsiv, 2010)



HOT found abstract comic by Mike Getsiv, sourced from Abstract Comics: The Blog. Mike Getsiv is also the administrator at Pro-Comics and contributes to FOFFOF, a blog for asemic writings, letters and marks. Fucking HOT!






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  1. lily

    there’s something about test prints…
    See here I am pure yellow, and here I mark magenta, here clean cyan, and here immovable black. Now a simple half tone, understated detail. I tease you with precise registration…. No need to muddy the waters with secondary colours. Admire my cool restraint. Tell me, do my attributes please you? Yes, yes they do.

  2. lily

    and that impromptu ’step to the left’ really makes it

  3. Dick Whyte

    Yeah – I think what I like about these kinds of works is the notion of ‘becoming machine’ – in the sense that it is a form of machine consciousness, mechanic art. This is even more prominent in the ‘glitch’. When I think about art, I often see it as a glitch in humans – that is, when something cracks or breaks, art occurs. And similarly, when a machine breaks (like a video game, or a DVD, or whatever) suddenly a ‘glitch’ comes out, which become artworks – but they are artworks made by machines, in a sense. I don’t say this to remove the human content – obviously a human was involved, but a human who has ‘become machine’ to some degree.

    And this seems to be implicit in your voicing of the machine – talking in the first person as the machine. Taking up the machines affections and responding to them linguistically. Something beautiful in that moment…

  4. lily

    but what of the taste of god in perfectionism in machine made abstract art? in making machines we express a desire for that perfection. a little like building an ornate mosque, but with the tiny elements of electronics.
    Imagine all your appliances as little temples to the sine wave, to the layers of complexity built on a simple grid of ‘pure’ technological ideas. All because humans want to be more like god. All powerful all knowing creators.
    (not that I think physics is that visually perfect, but we’d like it to be : )

    I guess what I am saying is that I admire when machines have no glitches also. With everyday convenience we become blind to the effort that requires.

  5. Dick Whyte

    Yeah – and that’s why I like the glitch – satan in the house of god. When the machine breaks it is seen as ungodly, as ready to be thrown out, as imperfect. Glitch artists then take the broken, ungodly machine, and allow it to produce something. Think of glitch art as hell for humans – a place where their finest creations revolt…

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