As we got into 2017 proper, I was working on a substantial set of new drawings for my Current at Catto show, slated to open in October that year. Millefiori was one of the key pieces for the show, and as such I thought it would be interesting to create a smaller multi part crop version for the Print Club, to see if the work could be re imagined into something quite different, but equally intriguing. The Millefiori study comprises around 50 glazed pebbles, held in 3 rings around a central core, and is usually editioned at 120cm diameter on plexiglass. For the Print Club edition, I simply cropped nine of my favourite components, and produced them as small square prints of intense colour, with wide white margins. This version really allows you to focus in on, and enjoy, each of the nine components, which debatably get a little lost in the larger whole.
The image posted here shows all nine prints, beautifully framed by Darbyshire Framing, and installed in a collector’s house. Lovely to have a chance to photograph a Print Club edition framed and in situ, hanging in a fabulous London home.
"...To celebrate the arrival of the new 10 colour digital printer, and indeed the arrival of summer too, I'm going to send out a double Print Club mailing, editions 4 and 5, at the same time. I hope you like them! In truth I feel a little behind the curve here, so I hope this double edition will go some way towards catching up!
...Millefiori / DMG / partial components. A set of 9 pigment prints on 300gsm 100% cotton Somerset fine art paper / 280mm SQ each...
...Edition #4 is a set of nine partial component prints. Each one cropped from a recent larger study - Millefiori / DMG. Comprised of 38 separate components, the image in part explores the Kepler conjecture, a geometrical problem exploring the packing of spheres into a given space, in this case the upper quarter of a larger globe, but packed at a higher density than would be the case with regular spheres, as each component has been sculpted to increase the density of the linework within the space. I hope the whole is redolent of Venetian Millefiori pieces that so often have the most amazing colour and vivacity, as well as some of the appeal of a set of polished, rounded pebbles. In each case the individual studies are deliberately looser than previous work, each component contributing to the larger whole, as well as being stand alone studies in their own right..."