Networked Leisure

Neil Clements

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About the edition

Neil Clements’ influences range from the formalist abstraction of 60s and 70s Modernism to the iconography of heavy metal music and punk. Clements was part of the 2008 exhibition Altered States of Paint at DCA and developed this print while working on the exhibition.

The origin of the print is a found archive image of canonical artists Frank Stella and Richard Serra playing basketball in the courtyard of the renowned Los Angeles print house Gemini G.E.L in 1972. Reduced almost to silhouettes suspended in mid air, and with no ball in sight, these inverted monochrome-on-black figures at once recapture the spirit of past ideologies whilst illustrating the impossibility of the separation of the subject from its origins.

This print is finished with an embossed insignia that represents the Gemini logo. In the artist’s words:

“The print was produced as a response to a legacy of formalist art production and the sentimentality with which it is treated today. By overtly watermarking a Gemini archive image with its own logo the intention was to demonstrate how sealed or irreconcilably distant these works and figures seem."

Neil Clements

 

Year 2008
Edition of 20
Media Relief embossed screenprint on GFSmith ‘Plike’ Black paper
Dimensions 72 x 51cm
Signature Signed, numbered and dated by artist

About Neil Clements

Neil Clements was born in 1982 in Northern Ireland and lives and works in Glasgow. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2004 and has since exhibited his work extensively including: Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Project Room, Glasgow; Galerie Markus Winter, Berlin, Konsortium, Dusseldorf, doggerfisher, Edinburgh and Grim Fine Art, Amsterdam.

 

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