OK, No Response
Lucy Helton Aaron Stern
Twin Palms Publishers, Pb, 192 pgs, 24 x 32cm
In the spring of 2020, while experiencing the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic and global shutdown, Aaron Stern and Lucy Helton began exchanging images via a thermal fax machine in an attempt to navigate isolation by engaging in virtual conversation. As the pandemic continued throughout 2020 and into 2021 - two strange years marked by separation and loss, brutal displays of power, injustices challenged by protest, and disturbing digital disembodiment - they began inviting other artists to submit work to the fax machine. OK, NO RESPONSE presents 140 of the resulting facsimiles drawn from the work of twenty contributing artists. The transmission of these photographs reduced them to their most basic forms, introducing errors, static, and random glitches. While the source images were varied and diverse, their translation, transmission, and recomposition as thermal prints on paper unified them in surprising ways. What began as an impulse to connect during a time of isolation became an unexpected visual manifestation of our interconnectedness.