About the edition
Stuart Whipps created this print to accompany his solo exhibition If Wishes Were Thrushes, Beggars Would Eat Birds at DCA, which explores specific histories within plants and minerals in different parts of the world.
The origin of this luminescent print lies in a geology lab at the University of Birmingham, where Whipps was undertaking research for his new body of work at DCA. He collected a series of pots and tubs from the lab and, intrigued by their material properties as vessels for other substances, repurposed and scanned them to form the basis of this print:
There are containers for soup, low calorie sandwich spread, a microwave curry and plastic cups. They were utilised by Dr Andrew Rees, the geology technician at the University of Birmingham in order to make resin casts that would stabilise fragile geological materials. These samples were then used to make stable thin sections for microscopic study. Stuart Whipps
Reminiscent of a microscope image, the print highlights contours of these objects captured by light, focusing on the layers left upon the discarded sculptural moulds, rather than their resulting casts. Blending digital and analogue forms, the illuminated edges in the final image are a delicate suggestion of a depth that remains just out of sight.
|Media||Archival digital print with Epson Ultrachrome K3 Pigment inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 300gsm Bright White paper|
|Dimensions||91.4 x 67cm (image 84.1 x 59.4cm)|
|Signature||Signed, titled and numbered by artist on lower verso|
About Stuart Whipps
Stuart Whipps (b. 1979) is an artist based in Birmingham. He has undertaken the following solo exhibitions in recent years: The Kipper and the Corpse, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2019; Isle Of Slingers, Spike Island, Bristol, 2016; Photo Colour Services, Ithuba Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2015; Birth Springs, Death Falls, Flat Time House, London, 2013; Why Contribute to the Spread of Ugliness?, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2011; and New Wooabbeleri, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-On-Sea, 2010. His works are held in several collections including Arts Council England, British Museum, New Art Gallery Walsall, Deutsche Bank and Birmingham Central Library.
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