Wednesday, 9 May 2007
I like the way Nick Crowe uses found imagery and completely changes its meaning by transforming it into hand engraved tracings etched into 2mm glass. Thus representation becomes very different to reality. Set on blackened shelves, with hidden illumination that transforms the soldiers into ghostly green figures that remind you of high tech infrared scanning systems for night warfare. By removing the colour and the texture of the original found images he has transformed them from smiling soldiers into menacing forces, weapons of war. He presents them in a deliberately crude way with gaffer-taped wiring hanging down to heighten the links with terrorism, bombing devices and rough and ready military offensives. They become a strong political statement questioning the invasion and occupation of Iraque code named Operation Telic by the British Forces.
Posted by William Eccles at 13:22
Having searched the net for a string of different themes and collections I have finally settled on 'Urban Cowboys'. Many of the best pictures I found were heavily protected by copyright and not easy to cut and paste. I decided to use several of the cowboys as inspiration for a series of etchings. I particularly liked the incongruous relationship between the found images and the unexpected subtlety of the etched ones.The former are cheesy, brash, brightly coloured and very personal - the latter are much more mysterious and circumspect.
(Two of my original etchings are missing in the printstudio because I forgot to label the layer they were stacked in). Experimenting with etching, monoprinting and digital manipulation has meant that I have posted a collection on my blog. They are found below the individual shots of the lovely cowboys. Also couldn't resist posting the latest free image from Gilbert & George - for fun. I also contemplated a series of screen printed panels on "Lord Brown" using my cowboys and tattoo imgaes, as well as found imagery from the "suited & booted scandal". Abandoned idea as I wasn't comfotable re media intrusion.
Posted by William Eccles at 08:34