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Piedras / Against classification II

Piedras / Against classification II, 2014 - June Crespo

Piedras / Against classification II, 2014

June Crespo  

80 x 120 cm / 31.5 x 47.24 inch
Edition of 5 copies, comes with a signed and numbered certificate

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  • Medium: Inkjet print with UV ink on press paper.
  • This work is unframed.
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from Spain.

about this work

The image is the result of different minerals subjected to the light of a scanner. The technique reminds us to the origins of experimental and scientific photography without camera. Anna Atkins worked with blueprint capturing botanical samples, Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray used it putting objects on an emulsified surface and exposing it to light. Volume becomes flat and stones appear cut out, floating over a shading background, generated from a light projected on the ceiling. The relation figure-background refers to a certain image typology present on ethnographic catalogues of mineralogy, jewels and advertising photography. Far from classifying or cataloguing, the elements activate themselves on a mechanical poetry of the display. The compositions depart from an affective gesture of a face situated outside of a body. They put into question human imaginary creating correspondences beyond the mineral world.

"Fusion, pressures, ruptures, imprints of matter on matter have left traces inside and out which sometimes almost resemble writing and which actually do transcribe events from millions of years ago."
Marguerite Yourcenar, introduction to “The Writing of Stones” of Roger Caillois.

about June Crespo

June Crespo's practice is characterized by an experimental use of image-reproduction and by the exploitation of these images in graphic and sculptural installations. She approaches sculpture from a broad perspective, producing objects that are situated in the margins of the assembly, collage and photography made without a camera. Crespo rather composes images through scanners, photograms and xeroxing.

Somewhere halfway between the surrealist object trouvé and the logic of the tinkerer as described by Lévi-Strauss, Crespo’s work originates from an affective-assosciative aproach to collected materials. She draws objects and images out of the system of production and consumption in order to jeoperdize their associative potential and stimulate their ability to generate new meanings through various forms of estrangement, appropriation and re-contextualization. J

une Crespo has had solo exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art MARCO, Vigo; KUB Kunsthaus Bregenz; and Carreras Múgica, Bilbao. Her work has also been featured in group shows at venues such as The Green Parrot, Barcelona; Sala de Arte Joven, Madrid; Centro Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Artium, Vitoria; CA2M, Madrid, and P!, New York.

Through the end of 2017, June Crespo is also a resident at De Ateliers, Amsterdam.

You can dicosver more of June Crespo’s work on her own site.

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