James Welling

Archival Epson pigment print, 11 x 8.5 inches
Signed and dated on verso, 2019
Edition of 68 + 5 APs

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James Welling's limited edition, archival Epson pigment print 0427 is a part of his ongoing Multichannel series. These works derive from the pioneering color work of Richard Avedon, Scott Hyde, Syl Labrot, and Joan Lyons (and others at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester) in the 1960s and 70s. With the emergence of the so-called "New Color" photography in the mid-1970s, experimental color techniques were nearly forgotten—but with the rise of digital printing, the possibility of returning to these modalities emerged. 0427 is a multichannel photograph composed of three different black-and-white images copied into the red, green, and blue channels of a digital file. This results in a garish color image that reflects a disused path in color photography. The three images that Welling combined to created 0427 are a photograph of Pierre Huyghe's rooftop garden installation at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 2015; a photograph of Louise Lecavalier's set of So Blue at New York Live Arts in 2015; and a screenshot of a Robert Morris "scatter piece."

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