My Way I

Author: Didier Mutel

My way I plate1

Mutel, Didier. My Way I.

Paris: Didier Mutel, 2010.

(63 x 47.5 cm). [8] leaves and 1 video disc. Title page and 7 plates of etchings. Sewn Japanese binding. 42 copies signed and numbered by the artist, housed in a blue custom-made slipcase.

The video which accompanies this work can be seen here:

My Way printing demonstration

The seven copper-plate etchings were created on various surfaces using fire and explosives while Sid Vicious sings ‘My Way’ in the background. According to the artist, “My Way is the generic title given to the first Acide Brut Action.” The dramatic method employed to etch his plates represents Mutel’s desire to promote both traditional and modern approaches to his art, whether by evoking the iconoclastic ethos of punk rock and performance art (as seen in the accompanying video) or by demonstrating the orthodoxy of print making, which relies on the same techniques used by Mutel’s predecessors for centuries.