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The Sound of Paper
  • Chris Duncan
    born 1974
    born: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States
  • The Sound of Paper, 2012
  • Where object was made: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • screen print, paper record sleeves, plastic record sleeve, Laser engraved relief print, embossing plate, stamping
  • Paper Type: Fabriano Artistico 640 gram hot press,
  • Object Height/Width: closed record cover 318 x 310 mm
    Object Height/Width: closed record cover 12 1/2 x 12 3/16 in
    Object Height/Width: open record cover 318 x 625 mm
    Object Height/Width: open record cover 12 1/2 x 24 5/8 in
    Object Height/Width: colophon 205 x 205 mm
    Object Height/Diameter: colophon 8 1/16 x 8 1/16 in
    Object Height/Diameter: record sleeve 305 x 310 mm
    Object Height/Width: record sleeve 12 x 12 3/16 in
    Object Diameter: paper record 303 mm
    Object Diameter: paper record 11 7/8 in
  • Gift of the KU Department of Visual Art, Printmaking Area
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0043
Label Text

A hand-made record portfolio, two record sleeves, hand-made paper records, colophon and plastic portfolio sleeve. This piece is replicating an actual vinyl record and packaging. On the front cover the words, “the sound of paper” are repeated numerous times in bold letters. The back cover is also filled with, “the sound of paper” but in smaller text. Bottom center, on back cover, we see a circular red image created by a rubber stamp. Stamp reads, “Land and Sea Oakland, C.A.” This is the name of Duncan’s publishing company and blogspot.

When the record portfolio is opened the entire interior gatefold is covered with, “the sound of paper” in small text. There are two paper records within paper sleeves. Each sleeve is covered in the phrase, “the sound of paper.” The paper records have thin, red embossed lines on the front of them. The two records differ in embossed lines; one is a circular line pattern that slowly falls into the center, the other record is also a thin, red embossed line that slowly falls into the center but has corners that create a more geometric form. On the backside of each record is a two drop screen print in grey will textured sun rays coming from center of record. Colophon is a loose piece of paper stuck in the record sleeve.