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Hands, 2022

Pigmented alkyd on abraded aluminium.

Six works, 192 x 120 cm; two works, 80 x 48 cm; one work, 72 x 48 cm

 

The images are formed of light rather than pigment. Tonal variations result from the play of light across scratches in the metal. Marks that glow when lit from above are cast into shadow when lit from the side. As such, each image also contains its tonal negative, a capacity to be distinctly other, a potential yet to be realised.

To turn to the hand is to return both to the earliest subject matter in the history of visual representation and to the profoundly intelligent organ through which our capacity for depiction emerged. The return to the hand suggests a desire to connect to this legacy; to grope back to something powerfully human, something that has captivated artists across the ages. It is, however, to return to something that has been fundamentally recast in the light of our own age.

The sealed surfaces emulate the varied gloss, matt, and pearl finishes of photographic papers. Yet the images glowing from beneath the transparent layers of polymer perhaps speak more directly to the pervasive spread of the electroluminescent screens that have rapidly become today’s most common means of viewing images.While the works speak to this condition, they undermine or invert it. Whereas a screen carries within it a light that seeks to produce an image that is consistent irrespective of external conditions, the appearance of these works dramatically alters with every movement of the viewer and with every shift in illumination. Formed of light, they are touched by and touch the intangible.