Edition of 100
Pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Gloss paper ( 260gsm ) with unique silkscreen
14 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (37.5 x 29.5 cm)
Signed and numbered
'A Dress' by Eddie Peake, is created to coincide with his solo exhibition 'Concrete Pitch', at White Cube Bermondsey.
The photograph is one from a series of self-portraits taken in the artist’s studio using spotlights covered with pink gels. The effect created by this is of a warm uniform tone intended to echo the overall exhibition lighting concept, titled 'Mouth'. The full set of self-portraits form part of another new artwork on exhibition, 'Testeen', in which they are projected onto a white satin curtain hanging full-length from the ceiling in a spiral configuration, to create an intimate enclosure within the exhibition space.
The text silkscreened on the print relates to an event the artist observed on the Tiber River in Rome. He saw, among other objects, a dress caught up on a rock in such a way that it appeared to both be worn by the rock and subsumed by it. This narrative was also the starting point for the artwork 'Slab', a wall work made up from a collection of objects cast in fibreglass and painted with Flip paint.
All the works in the exhibition, including this new edition, weave autobiographical narratives and an examination of identity with more general themes of desire, the body, architecture and urban landscape. As Peake has said:
‘There’s often a sort of quest for identity in my work – and that, I think, is the staggeringly beautiful thing about being an artist. You are afforded the luxury of creating a space for yourself as an individual in the world.’