Luke White SOLAR “..tHEY ARE NOT WINDOWS BUT IMAGES, I.E., SURFACES THAT TRANSLATE EVERYTHING INTO STATES OF THINGS; LIKE ALL IMAGES THEY HAVE A MAGICAL EFFECT; AND THEY ENTICE THOSE RECEIVING THEM TO PROJECT THIS UNDECODED MAGIC ONTO THE WORLD OUT THERE.” VILEM FLUSSEL - TOWARDS A PHILOSOPHY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
The culmination of a sixth month residency at the Re:Centre in West London the exhibition Restless Elements brought together the work of ten diverse artist as they explore their responses to an increasingly unpredictable physical and social environment.
I used my residency at the Re:Centre to work in large format analogue photography - first exhibited at the Muse Gallery in Petersfield in 2018 - and to use specialist printing techniques.
Solar Plate Intaglio is a relatively new addition to the traditional etching and engraving processes. Developed originally to print electrical circuits and then packaging material it was repurposed by artists in North East America at the end of the last century. An acetate is contact printed onto a zinc plate coated in light sensitive polymer. Washed off in water and dried the resulting engraving plate is a negative. This plate can be further worked before being inked and printed in the traditional Intaglio manner.
The photographs are of shadows thrown by sunlight onto a wall. Each print is a direct echo of the original scene, firstly burning the light and shade into the plate and then in the print where the texture of the Somerset paper replicates the wall paper. The prints reproduce and fix the strangeness and beauty of this fleeting event.
© Luke White 2020