Sacha Baumann is an artist and designer living and working in Los Angeles.

Parapraxis much?

Parapraxis much?

For the sixth issue of FULL BLEDE I'm inviting writers, designers, and artists to explore slips: misspoken words, typos, faulty brushstrokes, the seemingly unintended focus of a lens, forgetting that which should be readily known...parapraxis.

For some the forgetfulness or misplacement of parapraxis may represent the fulfillment of an unconscious wish—innermost, locked away desires announcing themselves, seemingly without control. In visual art it may be seen as intentionalist, wherein artwork always represents the artist’s true intentions—there is no separation between the work and its creator.

Often witnessing parapraxis is precious and humorous, but squeamishly embarrassing for the one who misperforms. Just as frequently it goes unseen or heard, which in itself may reveal attitudes or desires. Suppressed proclivities arise and the reaction may be to ignore, hastily erase, welcome, or simply not even notice. Unexpected outputs, acknowledged or not, may be read as wishful acts.

Through the lens of parapraxis graffiti abatement is a kind of unintentional abstract expressionism. Buffing a tag on a painted brick wall with a mismatched red paint becomes the expression of a hidden desire, or pent-up rage, or the inescapable urge to share one's own mark. 

Submissions for FULL BLEDE: The Parapraxis are now being accepted here.

Slips in the making and seeing

Slips in the making and seeing

And then there were Five

And then there were Five