Rubylith and Kodalith film was widely used by artists, designers and printers to designate space for information and imagery during many printing processes. The light-safe film, often referred to as a mask, was positioned on a plate to block or frame areas for images to be placed during reproduction printing.
In 2015, I was given a collection of found Rubylith and Kodalith masks. Confused by the rigidness and formal properties of the masks, I interpreted them as images, separated from an original purpose and absent of any former context.
I enlarged the masks in physical size and began analyzing them as formal boundaries or placeholders for space. Boundaries exist in many ways and function as points of access. Both moral and visual, a boundary has the ability to restrict and isolate, as well as protect and preserve. In regards to printing, redaction and how information is organized; I see these works as an attempt to question common interpretations of a boundary.
© Ben Schonberger 2013 - 2018