About the edition
Lacon has long been interested in how public displays of objects can explore relationships between national culture, social class and artistic intention. His exhibition considered these ideas by focusing on one single raw material now synonymous with the history of art and architecture: marble.
The exhibition took the form of a single object: a terrazzo marble floor. Created entirely by the artist’s own hand, the floor was made from a concrete base mixed with marble chips, marble dust and bright pigments which were poured into casts and then ground and buffed back once dry. The work’s design – in structural, aesthetic and conceptual terms – referenced a wide range of touchstones, from pre-Hispanic Aztec facades in Mexico, to ubiquitous crazy paving closer to home in the UK.
For his edition, Lacon worked with DCA Print Studio to create handmade paper incorporating fine marble dust that gives a tactile, textured surface with a subtle sparkle. He then took broken terrazzo pieces from his floor installation and, on the print studio floor, broke them with a hammer into smaller fragments.
Combining these raw materials in a way that is more sculptural than graphic, the flooring scraps were hand-printed, according to Lacon’s direction, in random arrangements using five different colours from the same palette as his installation. The ink was transferred using physical pressure to the back of the paper leaving a slightly embossed edge that hints at the weight of the sculptural elements.
This resulted in a series of unique prints from which Lacon further selected to make the variations in the edition. The title for the edition, Fragment, suggests the connection of these works to Lacon’s DCA exhibition as well as describing the way in which each individual print is a part of the whole edition which, like the terrazzo pieces, may be moved, re-distributed and read in different ways.
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|Edition of||20 (Unnumbered)|
|Media||Hand burnished relief print on marble dust and Hosho Japanese fibre paper|
|Dimensions||30 x 21.5cm|
|Signature||Unsigned, accompanied by artist's certificate|
About Andrew Lacon
Andrew Lacon (b.1985, Dudley) is based in Birmingham, having graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2011. Recent exhibitions of his work and projects include: ‘Fugazi’, Division of Labour, London 2017; 'Image Music Text', IMT, London 2016; 'Radical Sabbatical', Eastside Projects and University of Birmingham 2016; 'Research Residency', Soma, Mexico (British Council & Grand Union) 2015; 'Display Show', Temple bar Gallery, Dublin 2015; ‘Andrew Lacon', Edel Assanti, London, 2015; 'Reference Works’, Guangzhou Library, China 2014/15. He is represented by Division of Labour, London.
Alongside his artistic practice, Lacon runs the artist- led project Recent Activity with artist Andrew Gillespie, curating a series of nomadic projects across the UK as well as a new project space in Birmingham.
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