Text: David Thorp
Design: Mart. Warmerdam
Size: 26 x 22 cm
Edition: hard cover, 96 p., 44 fc ills.
Price: € 27,50
Surface to surface. Richard Galpin
Richard Galpin produces dynamic and fantastical works that are derived from the artist’s own photographs of chaotic cityscapes. Using only a scalpel Galpin intricately scores and peels away the emulsion from the surface of the photograph to produce a radical revision of the urban form. The artist allows himself no collaging, or additions of any kind – each delicate work is a unique piece made entirely by the erasure of photographic information
Surface to Surface shows Richard Galpin’s development of a distinctive visual language over a six year period. Earlier works reveal the underlying patterns of urban structures, and return the living city to a utopian ideal. More recent works push the transformation further, working against perspective, leaving disorientating clusters of form. The works play between abstraction and representation, and draw on early 20th century painting and sculpture (particularly constructivism, cubism, and futurism) for their aesthetic and formal language.
Richard Galpin was born in 1975 in Cambridgeshire, UK, and lives and works in London. Solo exhibitions include: Hales Gallery, London (2003, 2006), Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo (2005, 2007), Roebling Hall, New York (2005), and Brancolini Grimaldi, Rome (2008).