Taking the ideological cluster of gesture, authenticity and originality as his foil, in the mid-1960s, artist Roy Lichtenstein caricatured the abstract expressionistic brush-stroke in a cartoon style with a background comprised of Ben-Day dots – a commercial printing technique used by newspapers to reproduce cartoons. Paradoxically, he initially mocked this eviscerated but iconic signifier in a series of unique paintings, only later reproducing them as serigraphs.
Part photography, part performance art filtered through an algorithmic structure, Nathaniel Stern's Compressionism uses a document scanner as the tool of choice, which takes on the dual roles of paintbrush and camera: as the scanner bulb moves along its path, the artist follows his own path hovering over various objects and textures. Sometimes linearly, sometimes erratically, he moves according to his own performative instincts. With this kinetic approach, Stern bridges a certain gap between his body and the end result.