All posts by “victoriaahrens

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Reversal of Fortunes (2014)

Looking at aspects of landscape as construct and the reversible nature of print, I am working with new combination photo-etchings and digital prints to think through these ideas in a large scale. As my microresidency in Argentina approaches (Parana river workshops and ACE residency) these… Read More

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Parana blues (2014)

Fragments of found photographs from the turn of the century, transferred through the press, then photoetched with blue screen projected onto it- continuing my experiments into the interstices between printmaking and photography, digital and analogue.

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Clifford Chance show

Clifford Chance Purchase Prize 2013 Arkadia (2013)C-type Print of press transferred film stills, on copy paper 300 cm x 120 cm Selected for this show by Nigel Frank to represent Postgraduate Printmaking in London- the show opens on 13th November on the 30th Floor Gallery.… Read More

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Pushing Print 2013

Pushing Print festival in Margate 2013, with exhibitions at the Pie Factory and Margate Gallery. My work was selected for the Pie Factory and I was pleased with the display and feedback. Margate, having never been before, proved to be a quirky place with, as… Read More

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Arkadia (The Lost Exploitation Journals) 2013 Installation of four digital prints, two projections, 600 newspapers Although I have worked with this image before, here I was interested in re-fragmenting the piece into its constituent parts. The idea of the banner has an interesting etymology from… Read More

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ALMA- this image is of ‘The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile, is the largest astronomical project in existence. ALMA will be a single telescope of revolutionary design, composed… Read More

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Geard (2013)_ii

Photographs through the screen- close ups taken of a projected image on Japanese paper, then turned into prints- second stage of the new project Geard (2013)_ii: Trying out different display methods, from projection to digital prints on Hanhemule rice paper- I like the casualness of… Read More

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Geard (2013) _i

Working with old Sony portable monitors to present found footage- the juxtaposition of a garden with its sprinkler (artificial and manmade) and the waterfall (natural sublime)- mediating the mediated image- through the screen- I’m interested in how our viewing of the material changes when the… Read More

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Naipi and Taroba (2013)

Naipi and Taroba (2013), looped projection onto handmade book cover In this piece, part of The Day Remains_ii at the Peltz Room Gallery at Birkbeck School of Art (43 Gordon Square, WC1H) I am continuing to work with liminal spaces. The projection of the waterfalls… Read More

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Casper’s Forest (2013) at WC-A contemporary open

VictoriaAhrens_Casper'sForest_6Casper’s Forest (2013) at WC-A Contemporary Photography Open at Worcester CIty Gallery and Museumwopen

Transfer collage on Japanese Shozo paper, found book, shelf

Here the found book completes the piece and places it on an imagined continuum with history. The edges of the pages play with the viewer’s sense of space and reinforce the juxtaposition of the book and the flat print, by bringing a sculptural element into the interplay between the tree trunk on both sides of the installation. Referencing Casper David Friedrich’s paintings of forests, here the sublime is inverted- the images are of a dying forest, a desolate landscape.

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Casper’s Forests

forestmade3These are test pieces following on from an earlier project I have been working on about the Alkali Act of 1863. I am interested in the layering that occurs with a collage of acetone transfers on Japanese papers and the sense of depth they create- these images while referring to a forest, symbolic of the sublime in the 18th century (Casper David Friedrich), here represent a dying or disappearing canopy of trees and denotes mankind’s ambiguous relationship with nature and the traces of the human that continue to shape our landscapes.

IMG_2527This piece has been selected for the London Group Centenary Show, together with a show reel of 6 other pieces. The show will take place from the 28th May 2013 for two weeks.

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mountainprinted1This piece was chosen for the Celeste Art Prize for photography: Lapsus. I was chosen as the first prize winner. The exhibition takes place in Florence at Fondazione Studio Marangoni’s gallery space from 16th May- 15th June 2013.

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Arkadas- new project

This new project is based on images I took in the Atacama desert, northern Chile and refers to a multitude of landscape imagery from early prints of Mount Fuji by 18th century Japanese printmakers to the photographs of hidden satellites in the nightsky by Trevor… Read More