Abstracts is a collaboration between the gallery and independent publisher Adad Books and includes works by five members of the photographic collective AM projects: Antony Cairns, Tiane doan na Champassak, Olivier Pin-Fat, Ester Vonplon and Daisuke Yokota. It is the first exhibition of AM projects in London.
The works included in the exhibition are all examples of contemporary abstractions created through photographic processes. Exploring the possibilities of the photographic medium, each artist produces abstract results in different ways: some are camera-less experiments with chemicals and photographic paper, while some rely on close-ups, details and fragments of images; whether the body, the natural world or urban landscapes.
Antony Cairns produces abstractions of London’s landscape at night through experimental uses of both the camera and darkroom techniques. Using part-developed 35mm transparencies that are then solarised and re-developed, Cairns produces fragments of the city on aluminium surfaces that echo their subjects.
Tiane doan na Champassak’s Corpus series consists of close-ups of nudes printed with the Fresson carbon process, adapting and using unique sheets of paper dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the photographic image that result in combinations of rich tones and textures.
Olivier Pin-Fat’s work concerns the destructive potential of the darkroom and the unpredictable effects of out of date and defunct materials. Deliberately using a process which is hard to control, Pin-Fat accepts the disappearances and losses inherent to darkroom practice to embrace the accidental abstractions that can occur by chance.
Ester Vonplon’s images of nature are imbued with textures, distortions and imperfections, whether overexposed or underexposed, scratched or blurred, the natural abstractions echo the subjects of the images: decaying forests, melting snow and eroding mountains.
Daisuke Yokota's abstractions are produced without a camera, by experimenting directly with blank photographic film, which is subjected to manipulation by heat and chemicals. Working with several layers of film, Yokota builds up complex multi-coloured images, both transparent and opaque which resemble nothing less than pure painterly abstractions.
Abstracts is curated by Adad Books co-founders Inès de Bordas and Alix Janta-Polczynski with the support of William Lunn (Copperfield).
Adad Books will launch their new publication Abstracts at Off Print London (Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, 22-25 May 2015). A book signing with the five members of AM Projects will be held at Adad Books' stand at Off Print on Saturday 23d May at 3pm, followed by a tour of the exhibition at the Copperfield.