James Welling: Planograph

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James Welling: Planograph

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James Welling: Planograph
to Sun 12 Jan 2020
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Maureen Paley presents the fourth solo exhibition at the gallery by James Welling.

Artworks


Portrait of Avidia Plautia, 2019
Framed oil pigment and electrostatic print on polyester
45.7 x 30.5 cm
© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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Head of a goddess. 2nd century A. D. marble imitation of a 5th - 4th century B. C. c hryselephantine (gold and ivory) sculpture, 2019
Framed oil pigment and electrostatic print on polyester
45.7 x 30.5 cm
© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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IYPD, 2018
Dye sublimation print mounted on plexi
60.96 x 50.8 cm
© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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Athlete’s torso, 2019
Framed oil pigment and electrostatic print on polyester
45.7 x 30.5 cm
© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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Eleusis. Kallichoros (Well of the fair dances), 2019
Framed oil pigment and electrostatic print on polyester
30.5 x 45.7 cm
© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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Parthenon. West pediment. Crowning akroterion (floral ornament), 2019
Framed oil pigment and electrostatic print on polyester
45.7 x 30.5 cm
© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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IBBY, 2018
Dye sublimation print mounted on plexi
60.96 x 50.8 cm
© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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ICYR, 2018
Dye sublimation print mounted on plexi
60.96 x 50.8 cm
© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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Erechtheion. North porch. Sunset, 2019
Inkjet print on rag paper with watercolour
42.5 x 57.2 cm
© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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Erechtheion. Western façade. Sacred olive, karyatids and old temple of Athena Polias in foreground, 2019
Framed oil pigment and electrostatic print on polyester
30.5 x 45.7 cm
© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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Propylaia. South pteron (wing) looking toward the Saronic Gulf, 2019
Framed oil pigment and electrostatic print on polyester
30.5 x 45.7 cm
© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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IYGM, 2018
Dye sublimation print mounted on plexi
60.96 x 50.8 cm
© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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‘Greek and Hellenistic antiquities are the subject of Planograph. I started photographing ancient objects in museums ten years ago and in June I visited Greece for the first time.

When I took up photography in my twenties, I thought of the medium as a time machine. This summer as I processed my digital camera files from Greece to mimic black and white 19th century film—white skies and dark earth tones—I realised that I was looping back to this early intuition about photography. Modelling 19th century technology is a form of time travel, a visual return to the albums of early archaeological expeditions, the first photographic imaginings of Greece.

Recently I discovered flexible plate lithography, a form of planographic printing. Planographic plates print from a flat surface, as opposed to relief printing, such as etching. I image my plates on a laser printer, sponge with water and ink with traditional artist’s oil paint. Rather than printing the result, I present the inked surfaces as photographic objects.

I came to photography through books printed by such legendary houses as the Triton Press, Meridian Gravure and Rapoport Printing. In the matte tonalities and halftone dots of Planograph, I am paying tribute to the 20th century printers who introduced me to photographic seeing.’
– James Welling

For this exhibition, examples from the Degrade series have been added to punctuate the planographic works.

© James Welling, courtesy Maureen Paley, London


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