‘T&RA’ – Richard Galpin

Medium: sanded and varnished photograph, mounted in sections on 3mm Dibond
Dimensions: 3.42 x 5.01 meters
Building: 240 Blackfriars
Architect: AHMM (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris)
Consultant: Patrick Burrows / Art Source
Image Mounting: A Bliss
Framing & Installation: Darbyshire

For this project, attention had to be paid to the size and weight of the final piece – at a considerable 5m long by 3m wide, standard mounting substrates were unsuitable as they are not manufactured at that scale. It was decided to split the artwork up over 6 sections and dry mount onto 3mm Dibond (chosen for its rigid and lightweight structure) a process we call ‘Butt Joining’. The mounting and joining had to be completed with great precision to make sure once fitted into the frame, the boards joined seamlessly.

“This artwork by Richard Galpin was specially commissioned for 240 Blackfriars, a new building by Stirling prize winning architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. The artwork responds to the development of the local area and the layering of marks upon architectural surfaces.

The artist begins by photographing the hoardings of building sites and other surfaces which show layered traces of accidental mark-making. He then works into the surface of the photograph with an electric orbital sander, removing areas of surface emulsion and grinding the powdered photographic dye back into the fibre of the paper. Horizontal and vertical textures are created by sanding with a sheet of plywood underneath the photograph – creating a kind of reverse rubbing or frottage effect. In this way the photographic information and this kind of mono-printing technique merge, creating a complex mix of physical and representational marks. With this work Richard Galpin observes contrasting speeds of change within the same geographical area – from areas of rapid renewal and development, to sites in a condition of relative stasis.”

Image copyright: Richard Galpin & Hales Gallery, London. Benches by Jasper Morrison.


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