Blackout 21

Holdsworth, Dan
Dan Holdsworth creates large-scale photographs and digital images that explore both real and imagined landscapes. His series Blackout (2010) examines the other-worldly Sólheimajökull glacier in Iceland. In these prints, as in X-rays, light and dark are reversed: a pale sky becomes pitch-black, while the ground is a strange, chalk-white terrain. Calming and unsettling in equal measure, Holdsworth’s prints recall geological survey maps, images of Earth taken from space and eerie lunar-landscapes. Holdsworth has stated that ‘...when you step from the dirt of the land onto the ice of the glacier you [...] have a sense of a planetary shift, an absolute other dimension’, adding that ‘they are a very provocative place to think about making work and to develop ideas about human understanding of our world. ’
  • Artwork Details: 117 x 226cm
  • Edition: 2 of 3 + 2 AP
  • Material description: C-type photographic print mounted onto Aluminium
  • Credit line: © the artist.
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  • Medium: Print
  • Accession number: ACC31/2015



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