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ERIC Number: EJ868902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2224
Sfumato, or, Print: Like a Vanishing Point Grown over by Its Picture Plane
Armstrong, David Scott
Visible Language, v42 n1 p14-27 2008
In turning toward that which has fallen out of use, one approaches the threshold between presence and passing; between knowing and forgetting. It is the "place", perhaps the unexpected "pause", where language and loss meet. This essay speculates on the particular apparatus of print, the making and unmaking of its medium in a time of technological transition, and endeavors to locate its "place" within a congested space of language, memory and the outmoded. The conceit of "Sfumato" announced in the title of this essay and carried throughout echoes such considerations about what it means to make print now. It brings forward an apparatus historically inscribed, a tool, or armature from which images are composed, yet one subject to time and its corrosive atmosphere. Neither to be discarded and forgotten, nor blindly used as an instrument of utility, but rather brought forward through the contingencies of time as a material and metaphoric occurrence. (Contains 16 endnotes.)
Sharon H. Poggenpohl. Available from: Rhode Island School of Design. 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903. Tel: 401-454-6570; Fax: 401-454-6117; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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