Library of the Printed Web is a collection of works by artists who use screen capture, image grab, site scrape and search query to create printed matter from content found on the web. LotPW includes self-published artists’ books, photo books, texts and other print works gathered around the casual concept of “search, compile and publish.”
Artists featured in LotPW use vast landscapes of data to collect and transform digital information, visual and otherwise, into analog experience; every work in the collection is a printed expression of search engine pattern discovery. Many of the works in LotPW share common production and publishing techniques (e.g., print-on-demand), even as the content itself varies widely.
Founded in 2013 by Paul Soulellis, Library of the Printed Web presents evidence of a strong, emerging web-to-print artistic practice based on the search engine and other algorithmic operations; as this view matures, the collection will grow to reflect new concepts and methodologies.
Rather than draw boundaries or define a new aesthetic, the collection is presented as a reference tool for studying shifting relationships between the web (as culture), the artist (as archivist) and print publishing (as a new/old self-serve schema for expressing the archive).
By experimenting with the physical circulation of found images and texts from the web, and with the print-on-demand book form itself, we acknowledge that all books are digital products. All artists’ publishing straddles material/digital realms.
The collection exists as a physical archive housed in a special wooden display case on wheels in Long Island City, NY. LotPW includes one copy of each item in the inventory, except where noted. A travel edition of the collection is available.
Institutions and curators are invited to borrow works from Library of the Printed Web for exhibition. Paul Soulellis is available to speak about the collection.
Library of the Printed Web regularly attracts attention from those interested in net art, artists’ books and experimental publishing. LotPW has been featured in The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, Elephant Magazine, West Space Journal, Studio Rivista and many other publications.
Paul has presented talks and panel discussions at The Book Affair at the Venice Biennale, Offprint Paris, NY Art Book Fair, Hypersalon at Art Basel Miami and at universities throughout the US.
Printed Web is the first publication devoted to web-to-print art and discourse, published semi-annually by Library of the Printed Web. Printed Web #1 and #2 are available for purchase in the shop.
To contribute work or to suggest an artist to be included in Library of the Printed Web, or for any other inquiries, contact Paul Soulellis.