For his work in this year’s FAC Print Award, Hiroshi Kobayashi has rendered the exterior image of Fremantle Arts Centre as a matrix of halftone dots onto canvas using a technique the artist calls ‘patagraphy’. Patagraphy integrates painting, printing, plotting and photography and is executed by a printing device Kobayashi has invented. Combining a cutting plotter with a pneumatic dispenser and needle, the machine interprets images from a computer through vectorised paths and dispenses oil paint selectively onto the canvas. The image for this work was produced in response to a residency Kobayashi undertook in 2015 when he first moved to Perth. “In this work, I tried to capture the flow of my mind’s focus that oscillates between past and present, as I passed through Ord Street and looked up at the corner of the building. By fusing traditional materials and computational designing, I further explore how our visual perception and memory are constructed, and can be embedded in the order of paint surfaces and layers in the form of printing/painting.” In the lapse of time (Ord Street)
is one of 51 works selected as finalists in the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.