Richard Galpin


Splinter XVII


Austin Friars


Peeled photograph


172 x 194

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  • Splinter XVII by Richard Galpin

    Richard Galpin's work invokes forces of construction and destruction, preservation and revolution. Reducing the contemporary city to fragments of abstracted photographic surface, he extracts fantastical visions from the urban fabric.

    Over the the last decade Richard Galpin has developed a distinctive visual language through the production of his excised-photographic works. These works manifest a reductive form of imagined architecture from photographs of the contemporary city. The artist's own medium-format photographs of contemporary cities, most often London, Sao Paulo, and New York, are printed at large scale and have their photographic emulsion - the very surface of the print - scored and peeled back to the paper's core. Through this reductive process, visions emerge of an alternative urban landscape.

    The excised-photograph works interrogate the indexical nature of photography by allowing traces of surface texture recorded by the camera to haunt the work's architectonic forms. The works enlist the mechanisms of photography, but draw on the language of early modernist painting for their dynamic abstraction.