Presently, I make bespoke fountain dip pens with the ability to roller print a standard mass produced image or line, and simultaneously with the ability to be an instrument for personalized self expression. My work is dialectical: I believe that contradiction between standardization and personalization can be expressed at the same time. This work is my attempt at responding and bearing witness to the Technological System (modern mans environment), the ensemble of technologies that make up the the all encompassing whole. The city has the greatest concentration of technology, therefore most of my aesthetic and visual language focuses on architectural forms in a state of collapse or ruin. Technology suppresses creativity and spontaneity because it mechanizes, systematizes, and standardizes all aspects of our life. I find that the written word is a contradiction to the overly organized technological system, because it is capable of challenging standardization in the city, by laying a personalized mark upon a ready made world. It shows the presence of an individual's work that goes its own way rather then becoming assimilated by technology, for the sake of efficiency, which has become a necessity.

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Jonathan Inkman
December 2008
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