Working Proof

The Working Proof “seeks to promote art and social responsibility. Each print is paired with a charity of the artist’s choice, to which we are donating 15% of the sale of each print – creating what we believe to be a product with not just aesthetic, but social value.”

Letterpress print by Dan Funderburgh

Frankly, when this project first debuted, I was skeptical of its legitimacy. Maybe it’s just that I have been so unimpressed by other services offering “affordable” prints. And to be honest, I was probably even a bit cynical about the charitable component.

But I’m big enough to admit when I’m wrong: Working Proof is is building up a solid track record of interesting work. I can’t speak to the organization’s philanthropic accounting, but the work that’s being made is a lot more compelling than what comes from many similar outlets. And this is why:

We seek to give our artists full creative control of their work by having them produce and sign the work themselves. This contrasts to print-on-demand art services where the work is produced by the seller, beyond the purview of the artist. Each artist creates, prints (by whatever method they choose – screenprint, letterpress, linocut, giclee, to name a few), and signs/numbers a limited-edition print run that is exclusive to the Working Proof. The details of each print method, ink and paper is listed on the print’s info page. Hand signing and numbering is a long-standing tradition for authorship and authenticity that we believe is an integral part of the process of printmaking, for both the artist and collector.

This focus on production seems like an important development in the field of affordable online print delivery services. For instance, look at these documentary photos of print production by Erik Otto.

This isn’t just an outlet for reproductions. Keep an eye on ’em.

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