Tonight is the last of our four part look at our involvement in the “Below Another Sky” collaborative programme developed by the Scottish Print Network, a partnership between Dundee Contemporary Arts, Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Print Studio, Highland Print Studio and Peacock Visual Arts.
David Noonan (born Ballarat, Australia, 1969) lives and works in London. He received his BFA from Ballarat University College and his post-graduate degree from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. Recent solo exhibitions have been held in Belgium, Glasgow, London, Los Angeles, Paris, New York and Sydney.
David Noonan is known for his work with photographic imagery, frequently combined with abstract imagery, and transformed into collages and large-scale silk-screened tableaux. The figurative representation is derived from found photographs collected by the artist from a wide range of sources including archival documents, books and magazines. These images often include dancers, actors and other performers, sometimes in the process of applying make-up and often in what seems to be mid-performance. This sense of concealment, disguise and the adoption of other persona is reinforced through the layering and folding of the actual materials Noonan employs in these works. As Sam Steverlynk has noted: ‘All of the works are the result of a complex process of tearing and cutting, gluing and reassembling the pieces of cloth, hence contrasting the painstakingly manual treatment with the mechanical reproduction of the silkscreen.’
Noonan travelled to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen in September 2013. He then went on to develop the print for the project with us in 2014.
Michael Waight describes the process that lead to the completed print:
“David chose to work with images constructed in layers: a simple yet striking portrait in profile of a young man in the punk style of the late 1970s is superimposed with a stained glass window designed by the Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The image lent itself perfectly to screenprinting: the processes of layering and superimposition mean that we see both images simultaneously, enhancing the sense that we are looking through the window at the portrait and to a moment frozen in time. As a means of articulating the Mackintosh design, David added a de-embossment that follows the leadlight of the window, creating a subtle physical surface to the print. This innovative process was developed in collaboration with Gray’s School of Art and we were able to experiment with various methods to ensure David could achieve the best possible result.”
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