Grace Weir
'Light drawing (past and future)’
2020

Photograms made by painting with light, refracted through different glass prisms in the darkroom and then over painted with non-lightfast photographic inks, behind UV protected Museum glass.

The inks are unstable and their longevity unaccountable, their usual use is for retouching photographs before rescanning. Some painted colours will last only a short duration, others a century or more, dependent on the depth of their colour and exposure to different light levels. Each colour applied is individually named but the colours formed by overlapping hues are not, they remain visible but unnamed entities.


Countering the photographic instant, different possible states of the work will occur. Connected to the past, simultaneously acting into the future, the works unsettle the present - making a continual oscillation from the fixing of the past light through glass onto paper, to the tension of the future light to come, again refracted through glass as a transparent but operative boundary.

The material gives way to the temporal, time forms the work, from the fixing of an image of light to light unfixing the image and freeing colour from the medium that holds sway over it.


Stacks Image 65
Installation at BLOW-UP I: Experiments in Photography
Laure Genillard, London.
Stacks Image 61
Photogram, non-lightfast photographic inks, Ultramarine and Jet Black, UV protected Museum glass, 41 x 35 cm
Stacks Image 63
Photogram, non-lightfast photographic ink, Ultramarine, UV protected Museum glass, 41 x 35 cm
Stacks Image 8041
Photogram, non-lightfast photographic inks, Caput Mortuum and Deep Green, UV protected Museum glass, 41 x 35 cm
Stacks Image 29155
Photogram, non-lightfast photographic inks, Flesh-tint Reddish and Blue Euro, UV protected Museum glass, 37 cm x 40 cm
Stacks Image 29157
Photogram, non-lightfast photographic inks, Caput Mortuum and Van Dyke Brown, UV protected Museum glass, 37 cm x 40 cm
Stacks Image 29173
Photogram, non-lightfast photographic inks, Prussian Blue and Blue acc Euro, UV protected Museum glass, 41 x 35 cm
Stacks Image 29175
Photogram, non-lightfast photographic inks, Ultramarine and Vermilion, UV protected Museum glass, 41 x 35 cm