Nick Knight - Roses
Michael Hue-Williams' Albion Barn presents Roses, Nick Knight’s first major UK still life exhibition.
The show is comprised of 24 images and curated from two photo series: Rose Photo Paintings and Roses from My Garden. Providing an insight into the personal work of Knight, away from his comprehensive career in fashion film and photography, the selection of works showcase Knight’s ability to reinvent and experiment with the notion of image-making.
The Rose Photo Paintings series could be considered a hybrid, the works appearing to be part photograph, part painting. For these images, Knight introduced a unique technique that he and printer Allan Finamore have been developing for ten years. By introducing heat and water during the printing process the ink appears to be dripping beyond the picture plane; this, alongside the dying rose, connoting the wavering of time.
Similarly the selection from Knight’s Roses from My Garden encapsulates a melancholic vision of beauty in decay. Each image from this series shows an arrangement of roses cut from Knight's personal garden, photographed in natural daylight using an iPhone.
Despite the Dutch still life inspiration and seemingly traditional composition, the roses appear mystifyingly modern. To get the images to the surreal in between of reality and fantasy, Knight processed the imagery through a form of AI; a technology disrupting what it means to create.
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