Untitled (Gropius) EditionEdition of 10 + 1AP
Lithograph on BFK Rives Heavyweight paper
86 x 56cm
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A limited edition of lithographs produced with Gray Area Print in Los Angeles, CA, in December 2015. These can be frame flat, or with the fold left as a three-dimensional form. For a framed price, contact the studio.
The Chamberlain House built in 1941 is the first ‘Bauhaus’ style structure Gropius made after emigrating to America. It’s such a pared-down rational building. The photograph I have used is the one Gropius chose to ideally represent his building. He has opened the window for the photographer, thereby duplicating the angle of the light falling across the house. My doubling works with this sense of duplication of angles present in the original photograph. My folding breaks into the rationality of Gropius's right angles so that something else - something repressed - can break through. I made this work in LA where disruption to architecture is a real possibility through earthquake.
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.