Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Photography Centre, Room 97, The Parasol Foundation Gallery

TYO2

Book
Artist/Maker

Antony Cairns (b. 1980, London) works across photography, installation and sculpture, exploring the combined themes of the material processes of photography and the image of cities. At the root of Cairns’ practice is the fusing and manipulation of advanced digital means of image reproduction with traditional photographic and printing processes. Inspired heavily by science fiction, particularly the work of William Gibson, Philip K. Dick and J.G. Ballard, his subject matter, the modern metropolis, is revealed through a dark, dystopian and uncanny lens.


Object details

Category
Object type
TitleTYO2 (assigned by artist)
Brief description
One (1) glass book comprised of twelve (12) glass plates: emulsion transfer with protective layering, bound with archival tape and aluminium tubing. Publisher, Goliga Books.
21.3 x 14.8 x 3.8cm
35 (sold out) 1/2 artist’s proofs
Gallery label
Antony Cairns fuses traditional and digital photographic and printing processes to create otherworldly urban scenes. To make these collotypes, a form of ink-based photographic print on paper, he scanned photographic negatives of images he took of his home city, London. He then uploaded the scans onto hacked e-readers and wrenched the screens out of their casings, fixing the digital ink permanently. The screens, also shown here, were in turn reproduced as collotypes. In a similarly experimental process, Cairns printed his images of Tokyo onto glass plates, which he bound into a sculpture-like book.
Credit line
Purchase funded by the Photographs Acquisition Group
Summary
Antony Cairns (b. 1980, London) works across photography, installation and sculpture, exploring the combined themes of the material processes of photography and the image of cities. At the root of Cairns’ practice is the fusing and manipulation of advanced digital means of image reproduction with traditional photographic and printing processes. Inspired heavily by science fiction, particularly the work of William Gibson, Philip K. Dick and J.G. Ballard, his subject matter, the modern metropolis, is revealed through a dark, dystopian and uncanny lens.
Collection
Accession number
PH.1163-2022

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Record createdJanuary 14, 2022
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