Edition of 20 + 5 ap
Inkjet print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
29.7 x 42 cm / 11.8 x 16.6 in
Signed and numbered on reverse
There is a cultish pandering involved that implores a state of colorful mysticism and regulates against the cold and rampant imagery being pumped out of the academies at present. Gareth is a magician to some degree, an 8th degree master of the church of psychedelic abstraction and I consider his invocations as praise-worthy. I am reminded historically of a lens magician named William Mortensen whose work functioned through cinematic pictorialism with an emphasis that oscillated between the grand and the grotesque – a chemical halo of an auratic Los Angeles situated stage left at an imagined Grand Guignol. Though Gareth’s work is not grotesque by means, it does carry about it an air of paganism and a devotion to alternatives. The Dream Meadow is one of his finest works to date and I count myself as a follower.
From my ongoing flower work, a theme I have returned to again and again, this time a quietly captured meadow, location unknown. Almost overlooked, an overexposed frame on a photographic contact sheet, when scanned, reveals an homage to the perspective of Eggleston’s Field of Flowers and acid colours reminiscent of the hand-tinted photographs of the controversial Czech artist Jan Saudek, both of whom’s work I discovered as a teenager. This print is made from that original scan giving it a soft, pixelated and imperfect resonance.