Paul Stolper is delighted to launch new prints by Dan Tobin Smith and Rachel Thomas at the London Original Print Fair 2014. This is the artists’ first project with the gallery.
Photographer Dan Tobin Smith and set designer Rachel Thomas present four photogravures from their series entitled Imaginary View. For nearly a decade the pair have collaborated on commissions for commercial and editorial clients including Acne Paper, i-D magazine, Another, Stella Artois, Orange and Visa. For Imaginary View Thomas and Tobin Smith have explored their shared interests, reference points and methods of working that have led to so many successful commissions.
Tobin Smith and Thomas work with real materials and film rather than computer-generated visuals. Crafted from polystyrene, assembled and shot on 5x4 black and white creating atmospheric compositions suggesting an array of influences from the surreal compositions of De Chirico, to Memphis design of the 1980s and Piranesi’s eighteenth-century etchings of ancient Rome.
They are at once familiar but mystifying. “We were looking to create forms that are instantly recognisable, but also uncanny and able to convey the seductiveness that only comes from something that’s not quite real,” says Thomas.
The photogravure intaglio copperplate printing technique is a rare craft today, with only a handful of printers still using the method. “It’s an old and very beautiful printing method,” says Tobin Smith. “It seems to make photographic imagery look quite illustrative. It has a great contrast but has a huge amount of detail in the shadows and mid-tones.”
DAN TOBIN SMITHis a photographer based in London. He is best known for his interiors, installation and still life photography. He has been commissioned by clients including Nike, Channel4, Alexander McQueen, Absolut and Visa. He is a regular contributor to magazines including Wallpaper*, Numero, and Creative Review. His work is often object-based with performative elements and strongly architectural and graphic qualities.
RACHEL THOMASis a designer and art director based in London. She works in numerous materials creating stage sets and installations, with applications spanning many media, from print to film. She has been commissioned by clients including Hermes, Mulberry, Acne, British Vogue, Flair and Grafik magazine. Thomas’s work is rooted in the hand-made but with sophisticated, smartly designed outcomes.
The London Original Print Fair is at the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly from Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 April 2014.