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Hogarth Reprinted: Two Stories (photo-intaglio)

Hogarth Reprinted: Two Stories (photo-intaglio), 2014 - Lucy Skaer

Hogarth Reprinted: Two Stories (photo-intaglio), 2014

Lucy Skaer  

Print, Work on paper, Mixed Media
76 x 112 cm / 29.92 x 44.09 inch
Edition of 10 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

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  • Medium: One-colour screen print on 67 gsm Atsu-Shi paper and mounted by chine-collé on 310 gsm Somerset Satin White paper
  • This work are unframed
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about this work

This edition is part of a set of 6 print based on Lucy Skaer’s photographs of first-edition books produced by Virginia and Leonard Woolf at their Hogarth Press.

The Hogarth Press was born from the rejection by the Woolfs of the dominance of commercial publishing and printing, and a desire to reclaim the means of production. The book covers were made in traditional hand-craft processes such as marbling, paste-papermaking and painting, largely by Vanessa Bell. Virginia would précis the books for Vanessa, and the consensus is that the covers successfully reflect and image the content. “They are, to borrow a phrase of Henry James’s, ‘optical echoes’ of the text” (Rosenbaum, 1995, p 22) To the Woolfs the content of the books was all-important, and although they thought the covers beautiful, they were also seen as an inexpensive covering option.

Skaer, however, has chosen to focus her attention on these ‘optical echoes’; the external appearance; and to judge the book by its cover, seeking to explore as many different processes as possible for each of six of them. The intention is not so much to reproduce the covers but to construct images of them in selected print-media that represent some quality of their appearance. Processes used combine CNC laser- and router-cutting, screenprinting, etching, paper-pulp-printing and digital pigment print. As in Skaer’s previous practice she became: ‘…interested in finding several examples of the same type of image and treating them in slightly different pictorial ways’ In Skaer’s words ‘I became more interested in untying a systemic body of things – a set of things – by the handling of them.’ (Bradley. 2008 p 10)

The six prints of the series Hogarth Reprinted can be purchased individually, but are also offered as a set at a more attractive price.

about Lucy Skaer

In Lucy Skaer’s art ordinary distinctions and definitions do not apply. The difference between categories we think of as opposites – such as the living and the dead, the present and the past, meaning and meaninglessness – are constantly revisited as she works to transform materials and ideas.

Skaer works in many different ways using film, drawings, sculpture, craft or decorative objects, prints, glass and ceramics. She is interested in images, materials and objects and how their meaning, importance or economic value might shift if they change role, shape or appearance. She once placed a diamond and a scorpion side by side on an Amsterdam pavement; both of course were made of carbon. She has cast modern bronze in 4,000-year-old moulds and remade a famous twentieth-century sculpture, Bird in Space, by Constantin Brancusi, in compacted coal dust.

Reflecting the way that her own approach to art is fluid, she is never guided by a single approach to a problem or a single way of thinking, Skaer also works with other artists. With Rosalind Nashashibi she works in film and photography as Nashashibi/Skaer. She is also part of the artists’ collective Henry VIII’s Wives, a group of artists who met when they studied in the Environmental Art Department at the Glasgow School of Art.

(courtesy of Generation Scotland)

Solo exhibitions include Tramways, Glasgow; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Sculpture Center, New York; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; and Chisenhale Gallery, London. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for her solo exhibition A Boat Used as a Vessel at Kunsthalle, Basel.
Lucy Skaer’s work was also part of group exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Extra City, Antwerp; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid; De Vleeshallen, Middelburg; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate Britain, London; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Lucy Skaer is represented by the following galleries;
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Murray Guy, New York

Peter Freemand Inc, New York / Paris

You can also find plenty more information on Lucy Skaer and her work on the website of Generation Scotland

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