The New Puritans

 

Selected Works

nude powerful woman

The New Puritans 001 Date: 2022

Giclee Archival Print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl Paper.

Framed with screen printed censor dot on reverse of glass

Edition of 1/1 Total Art Work Size. 100cm by 84cm

 

 

The New Puritans is a limited edition Re Dux of a selection of my of images taken from various projects. In a reaction to the dim view taken of the naked form by the meta-verse, I have started to seek ways of including censorship into the art works itself. The spots are drawn from my experience of the censorship of hard core pornography being brought into the UK from Germany and Sweden in the late 1970s and 80s. To abide with UK law, large navy blue dots were reprinted over the explicit sections of the images, leaving the magazines looking as if Yves Klein and John Baldessari had conspired to make them a conceptual art piece rather than the erotica sought out by my teenage self.

These custom made images are framed behind glass. The glass itself in treated in one of three ways to censor the image. What I can only describe as a Tobias blue, or a Tobias pink dots screen printed on the the reverse side of the glass. The glass floats above the print allowing the screen printed circle to cast as shadow on the print. A similar effect in future images will be achieved using silver leaf, a nod to the silver halides of analogue photography and by making the circles by grinding the glass of frame, again a nod towards the analogue plate cameras used in my early career as a photographer. The result is to make the frame a part of the art work itself. These images cannot exist in the same space as the uncensored print. Not only do they speak about the body, as all of my work does, but they speak about our attitudes to images of the body. 

I rather like the idea that to see the print, the artwork has to be destroyed. 

 

The New Puritans 002 Date: 2022

Giclee Archival Print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl Paper.

Framed with screen printed censor dot on reverse of glass

Edition of 1/1 Total Art Work Size. 100cm by 100cm

The New Puritans 003 Date: 2022

Giclee Archival Print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl Paper.

Framed with screen printed censor dot on reverse of glass

Edition of 1/1 Total Art Work Size.70 cm by 140cm

 

 

 

 

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