Before the mobile telephones, we used public payphones. You had to use telephone cards and insert them into the payphone’s card reader to make a call. Once the telephone credits were used up, the card was pretty much worthless, except for collectors and to the artist K_Van, who had a new application for the plastic card. He used the card as the basis for his dry point print. Similar to an engraving, a dry point is drawn with a needle or a sharp pen in a copper or zinc printing plate (without the use of an etching bath). In K_Van’s case, he used discarded phone cards as the printing plate.
Drawings where scratched into the surface of the card and then were inked and printed.
During a year K_Van made this series of 100 dry point prints, which shows a reflection of his life.
(a translation/adaptation from the description of his work in the Post and Telecommunication Museum, the Hague in 1997)
With this work K_Van also won the NRK Federation “plastic recycling prize” award in 2000 for his innovative use of recycling of plastic. In 2014 he continues with his prints by adding text. K_Van collects art catalogues and magazines and cuts out snippets of art jargon; he reuses them for his own prints. This allows each print to be a refurbished piece of artwork, totally made with recycled material