Last week, Benjamin Lotan of Social Printshop stopped by Hyperallergic HQ to chat about his VC-funded art project that explores social media startups. Some of you may remember his project as part of #TheSocialGraph exhibition that I curated last year, his company was the show “sponsor,” and he was even interviewed for this past June’s Art News magazine as part of its social media revolution feature by Barbara Pollack.

Me and Benjamin Lotan at Hyperallergic HQ taken using Lotan’s two-sided photo app that’s still in development. (image by Lotan)

Lotan is constantly thinking of new projects and while he was here he demonstrated a new still-unnamed app — one of many that he’s developing — that will allow people to take two-sided images with their smartphones.

His main commercial project, Social Printshop, started as an art project and it keeps growing. Recently, social media tech site Mashable — who are fans of Social Printshop — commissioned the “startup artist” to wallpaper their new New York offices with all their Facebook fans. If you want your avatar to be part of the project, there’s still time. Go now and check it out.

And don’t forget to check out Social Printshop, which has great products you can make when you link it up to your Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram (my new obsession) account.

It’s always great to see artists doing well and exploring new ways of making a mark on society.

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Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic. You can follow him at @hragv.

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