Darren Almond’s first prints with Crown Point Press were a revelation of what photogravure could be, not just for viewers, but for the artist: “There’s a different energy breathing through the images than you can get in ordinary photographic printing,” he said. “They feel more sculptural, more like objects.” The tension between image and object is something that many artists have fretted over, of course, but it is particularly acute for Almond, whose work has been devoted to parceling the ephemeral (in the original sense of time’s unreclaimable passage) into something tangible. The 2010 Crown Point gravures built on the body of work for which he is best known: night photographs taken in remote locations (in Uganda, in this case), lit only by the moon. The exposures are necessarily long, so moving elements like water turn to blurred vapor, while static trees and blades of grass remain sharp. Cast as color photogravures, they were mesmerizing.
Darren Almond, Amalfi Sketchbook (2018)
- Portfolio of four photogravures on gampi paper chine collé, 12-1/2 x 10 inches (image), 23 x 15 inches (paper). Edition of 20. . Printed and published by Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA. . .
Refractive Index I–IV (2018 )
- Series of four color aquatints, 13 x 10 inches (image), 18 x 16 inches (paper). Edition of 25. . Printed and published by Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA. . .
Refractive Index V (2018)
- Color aquatint, 25 x 21 inches (image), 34 x 29 inches (paper). Edition 25. . Printed and published by Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA. . .
Foci I–IV (2018 )
- Four color aquatints, 15 x 13 inches (image), 21 x 19 inches (paper). (Foci IV is horizontal, so the order of measurements is reversed.) Edition of 15.. Printed and published by Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA. . .