Existential Epistemologies is series of ten new high-resolution digital drawings by Kent Manske created for Garland Variations a Risograph Anthology published by Zach Clark of National Monument Press at Chute Studio in Oakland, California in the Summer of 2023.
Media: Digital drawings. Risograph prints in bound book
Visual narratives address a host of issues including the biotech future, toxic masculinity, spiritual folly, the nature of nature, civilization and societal pressures, self preservation, health and longevity.
Artist’s statement for Garland Variations publication:
Where is the I in this concoction called life with its absurd levels of attention to survival becoming the glue that bonds us. It feels apocalyptic, but it’s just nature. It can be a sad story if we let it—losing our maps that only sometimes seem right. There are conflicts of the intellect when the meaning of meaning is realized as a construction of multiple guess scenarios. Make the invisible visible. When things are invisible there is no reaction, so let’s quit fearing and burying history because we’re afraid of others. Tell the truth. Alternative facts have consequences and crazy talk is the last defense of a crumbling fort. We are reptilian brain stem survivors navigating the light and dark parts of being. Make a new map today. Sing.
Riso is a stencil based printing media. Each color is machine printed independently from a devise like a copy machine that has a particular color drum inserted. These drawings use three Risograph colors: Midnight, Brick and Sunflower. Each drawing was supplied to the printer/publisher not as a single image, but as three distinct color separations (three layers of color) that print on top of each other to create the final image.