Expanding and Remaining
Expanding and Remaining is a PDF made up of thirty-six images of paintings. Each painting is derived directly from a page of Dabiq, the official (and recently discontinued) propaganda magazine of IS (Islamic State). Almost all of the thirty-six pages are taken from Issue 5 of the publication series, also named Expanding and Remaining, an issue distributed at the 'height' of the magazine's fame online and in the media. The work investigates the structures of IS propaganda rather than its content by concentrating on the graphic design compositions of each page. As a magazine that exists only as a PDF, the layouts follow the traditional forms of a printed magazine, but without ever having any physical manifestation. The paintings address this physicality, painted in a palette of RGB and CMYK to combine the colour values of print and screen. In PDF form, the work comes full circle, taking on its mantle of 'the poor image' – jpegs of paintings of PDFs of Indesign files.
Download the PDF of Expanding and Remaining by clicking on the image below.
Read an interview about this project, and the artist's wider practice, here.