Nick Christie records the subtle, liminal marks and gestures made during the processes of drawing and printmaking. In his recent series of Solarplate and mono prints, the whirls and tracks of the artist’s smeared fingerprints form images that explore the constantly changing nature of everyday communications as we increasingly move from the physical interaction with the real printed page to its simulation on the screen of the smart phone and tablet.
Using found book covers and pages as a starting point, Christie prints them whole using an etching press. The imagery is then synthesised into original plates that can be reworked and drawn upon. This plate making process is chosen in part because of its parallels to the manufacturing techniques of smart phone and tablets. Employing an automatic mark making style alongside the impressions made by the plates, the artist explores the themes of these books. Revealing the hidden textures and memories of their surface in this way, he seeks to create something new and unexpected.
‘Contactless’ is showing at Vane alongside the International Print Biennale: 2016 Print Awards, the centerpiece of the International Print Biennale, which is also hosted by Northern Print and Gallery North.
17th September - 29th October 2016
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