I present to you a ghost; a ghost from the past, hopefully not a portent of the future, nor a harbinger of what may unfold in our fractured present. The atomic explosion is, aesthetically, a beautiful thing. Unfortunately in every other respect it is VERY VERY BAD. This dichotomy is at the heart of Dark Ghost. A worrying beauty, & an unmitigated terror.
Dark Ghost began life as a carved sheet of linoleum which was then inked, photographed and then became a single page in my book of doom, Bad Island.
This print has been made by photographing the inked linocut & then creating a pared-down version of that photograph so that it can be sceeen printed with several greys & a very shiny black to demonstrate & represent the actuality of the surface of the cut lino - the gouged surface of the areas cut away, essentially. This is in contrast to the simpler pure black images shown in the book. Eagle-eyed persons may also notice that these are a mirror image of those in the book, as these prints are taken from photographs of the actual cut lino itself, rather than a print taken from the same.
This is a strange time, & no inference or polemical statement should be inferred from these images, or the fact that the Slowly Downward Manufactory should publish the editions at this moment in human history. We make no judgements, & ask only that art should speak only for itself, & that citizens draw their own conclusions from the evidence laid out before them.
Three colour hand-pulled screen print.
Edition of 99.
Print size 320mm x 498mm (approx).
Paper size 430mm x 600mm.
Numbered and signed by the artist.
Blind-embossed with the Slowly Downward Manufactory seal.
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