White out of Dark: Saving Frink’s Plasters – Photography by Ian Chapman
/ White out of Dark: Saving Frink’s Plasters – Photography by Ian Chapman
White out of Dark: Saving Frink’s Plasters
from 4 July
A Place Apart is headlined by a remarkable body of photographs by Ian Chapman: White Out of Dark – Saving Frink’s Plasters documents the process of uncovering more than 80 original plasters that had been removed from her studio and we discovered storage between 2017 – 2019. Some were damaged, some mere fragments, but the sculptures bear the marks of Frink’s hands and express humanitarian feelings and concerns. Their poignancy, strength, mastery and beauty are revealed through the images that Ian made over those two years.
In Ian’s words, “The responsive nature of the work, and the hostility of the environment required an immediacy and flexibility that was best realised through the medium of a phone camera. Once recorded in this format each image underwent a process akin to my former darkroom practice and the photographs were exposed to digital techniques echoing the editing, dodging and burning that happen under an enlarger.”
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