Having moved to Suffolk ourselves some years ago and finding the area inspiring, we were delighted to read about ‘Snap – The Portfolio’ a unique collection of twelve large-scale prints. The works have been published by Paul Stolper Gallery to coincide with the ‘SNAP’ exhibition at Snape Maltings, part of the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts
Co-ordinator and contributing artist Abigail Lane explains, ‘It has become clear that a lot of interesting artists have rekindled links to this area in the last few years – it’s quite extraordinary...as a result SNAP was initiated.’ All the artists share a connection with East Anglia, either as their home, their place of work or their place of origin.
Each image is a marker for how each artist has responded to such a distinctive landscape and a testament to the region’s creative magnetism. The artists are: Sarah Lucas, Gary Hume, Juergen Teller, Abigail Lane, Cerith Wyn Evans, Don Brown, Darren Almond, Simon Liddiment, Julian Simmons, Johnnie Shand Kydd, Russell Haswell and Mark Fuller
Snap is a fantastic opportunity to put the visual arts back at the centre of the festival, reminding people not only of this legacy but, more importantly, signaling the vibrancy of the visual arts scene in East Anglia and how a new generation of some of our best artists are being drawn to this inspirational place.’ Jonathan Reekie, the Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music
The format of ‘Snap – The Portfolio’ is unusual in its scale, use of materials and subsequent display. Presented in an archival box, each print must be unfolded.The concept of a folded print stored in an archival box appealed to the artists as the project challenges the traditional nature of prints and printmaking. The images are printed on coated MG blue-backed paper, an unusual choice for fine art print, as the paper is more commonly pasted to walls and billboards for the use of advertising. In light of the medium, several artists appropriate or allude to images from mass produced sources, such as magazines, album covers and beer labels, drawing on the complex, often competitive, exploitative and even sabotaging relationship between art and mass media. Within the gallery space, the twelve prints from the portfolio are, true to the nature of the material itself, plastered directly to the wall.
Cerith Wyn Evans 07985737568 Abigail Lane No Miracle in Sight
Simon Liddiment Cultural Worke
Gary Hume Big Bird
Digital inkjet prints on coated MG blueback paper 115 gsm
Folded and presented in an archival box set
Signed and numbered by the artist
Paper size: 1524 x 1016 cm. Folded: 508 x 381 mm