Untitled: Breuer  2015

These two lithographic editions (Gropius and Breuer) play on the distortion created by simple paper folds. 

I often take found photographs and fold them together to create new relationships using the original printed pages. For these lithographs the same image is printed twice, but one print has been made after the paper has been folded, fragmenting it across the first impression. First the whole image is printed in an intense colour - like an after-burn, a memory, a weaker copy. The black image is fractured by the fold - releasing the colour image like the unconscious of the photograph.

I chose Breuer’s interior for the United Nations also because of an implicit order, and also because something in the original photograph pointed forwards to my treatment of the image. Here it’s the beautiful fluted concrete ceiling which suggests the fold. The order represented here is World Order - the seats of the conference hall are intended for the delegates of all the countries in the UN. In my print this ordering principal is gaping, is ruptured prompting questions about the utopian sense in our desire for global harmony as strong now as it was in 1958 when the UN was built in Paris.

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Folded lithographs (inc. details + installation view) width 58cm height variable