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A test-run for another series he’s working on, of text compressions. He’ll choose a word or a phrase — “free love,” “champagne” — and pile the letters on top of each other in a way that creates an interesting composition, then paint them in ink. One subset of the series will feature a compression for every color of the rainbow, but painted in black and white. “So it’s everything that isn’t color, but it’s about color,” he says.