Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction
  • Stephen Inggs; Tower


Lot Estimate
ZAR 30 000 - 50 000

About this Item

South African 1955-
Tower
signed, dated 93 and numbered 4/5 in pencil
lithograph
sheet size: 220 by 106cm

Notes

‘In the two recent lithographs, NY Lofts (1992) and Tower (1993), scale has both formal and contextual significance for the work. These images of domestic architecture attempt to reconstruct the buildings, using technical methods of distortion, illusion and layering to create a sense of place and melancholic disquiet. Structures reflect the layers of human lives with which they have come into contact. To realise the scale of these works, the lithographs had to be simultaneously printed in multiple sections on commercially produced mould-made BFK Rives paper.’1 ‘The alchemical process of coating a sheet of paper with light-sensitive emulsion, exposing it to light and reworking its image through drawing, is akin to the archaeology of unearthing the relics and remnants that formed the iconography of an ongoing body of work I have been engaged with. The images used for the ’light-sensitive drawings’ are purposefully uncomplicated.’2

  1. Stephen Inggs. (1992) New Dimensions, in Artworks in Progress, Yearbook of the Staff of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Volume 3, 1992/3, Cape Town: Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Page 26.
  2. Stephen Inggs. (1998) Shedding Light on Unearthed Images, in Artworks in Progress, Yearbook of the Staff of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Volume 5, 1998, Cape Town: Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Page 33.

Literature

Artworks in Progress, Yearbook of the Staff of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Volume 3, 1992/3, Cape Town: Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Illustrated in black and white on pages 28 and 29.

Stephen Inggs. (2011) 665: Making Prints with Light, Cape Town: Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Another example from the edition is illustrated on page 30.

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