Carlos Antonio Piñón

artist, writer, performer

From left to right: Over a Century, E+D, Course Catalog. Exhibition book: not pictured.


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In this highly experimental work, Carlos Antonio Piñón blends literary work with visual aesthetics. Misprints is a collection of books reinterpreted from their original source via a form of glitch art known as Databending Sonification.

While researching archival material in the Art Institute of Chicago's Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, Piñón came across to several past SAIC publications and became fascinated with books as a material. In response, Piñón chose three publications to reinterpret: the 1896 course catalog, the 1982 Over a Century book by Roger Gilmore, and the Spring 2016 E+D magazine. Piñón scanned every single page of each of these books, glitched them through a digital audio workstation, and then recompiled the pages back into brand new books.

The results of this experiment are three beautiful artists' books that bring new life into the old material. Each page is handled differently, transforming forgotten words into works of art again.

Additionally, Piñón has also written and published an exhibition book by the same name that documents the process of creating this work, from conception to exhibition.

Misprints was originally created in the SAIC 150: Repeat Transmissions class in 2016.

All books are perfect bound with the exception of E+D, which is saddle stitch.

Bundle: Save on your order by purchasing all 4 books at once.
Price: $125

Course Catalog: 70 pages. 5¼" × 7½" (13 cm × 19 cm).
Price: $40

Over a Century: 132 pages. 7½" × 9" (19 cm × 23 cm).
Price: $50

E+D: 56 pages. 8" × 11¼" (20 cm × 29 cm).
Price: $35

Exhibition Booklet: 78 pages. 5¼" × 7½" (13 cm × 19 cm).
Price: $25


Note: All perfect bound and saddle stitch books are printed by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Service Bureau. Please allow a month for delivery for orders to be made, picked up, and shipped.

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Carlos Antonio Piñón

Carlos Antonio Piñón is an artist and writer examining how people interact with words and language. His main interests include nonfiction essays, artists' books, and databending sonification. Carlos holds an BFA with an Emphasis in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago.