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Format Editions are pleased to announce our latest book, Oriental Gardens by Kayung Lai
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The concept of the Orient as ‘Other’ has been vivid in the Western imagination since the beginning of global trade. Historically, artistic licence has been taken in romanticising the Orient, depicting it as a world filled with mystery, and fanciful fauna and flora. This representation has dominated the Western expression of the Orient, a fantasy fully expressed in early 18thcentury material culture.

By documenting various Oriental gardens found within southern England, this body of work seeks to reveal the continuation of this mythical discourse by oscillating between the fantastical features of these Oriental gardens and the tell-tale signs of their British location. The objects that characterise these gardens as ‘Oriental’ exist within the broader Western discourse on far-eastern cultures.

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12 July 2013

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Books

Format Editions are pleased to announce our latest book, White by Andrew Pengilly
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White explores the observation of light and the colour white. It addresses ways of seeing and is influenced by the practice of the 19th-century painter Whistler. The work aims to reveal connections between the observation of the effect of light and the way an image of a place can be conveyed. The work explores not the representation of a place but rather an experience and emotional response to the act of seeing.

The body of work explores narrative, building a sustained sense of the place from a series of abstract white representations that aim to convey an impression of modernist architecture and place.

The work explores and creates links between Whistler’s exploration of the colour white – linking Whistler’s work and methods of presentation, the ‘white cube’ gallery space and modernist architecture. The colour white is used to bind these apparently unconnected notions.

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13 June 2013

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Books

Mark Purdom Under exhibition
Mark Purdom Under exhibition

Mark Purdom’s Under is to be exhibited at the RAMP Gallery, Hamilton, NZ, from 27 March – 12 April 2013.

‘Under is located in suburbia’s marginal space, defined as the open territories between the city boundary and the countryside: these are spaces that are generated as inevitable by-products of urban spatial development. The site and the BMX trails pictured exist in this sort of ‘non-place’, outside of cultural classification. The county council theoretically owns the land but they do not enforce any regulations or safety legislation here; the trails are not signposted locally or marked on maps and the exact location is not clearly defined on websites. Therefore to all intents and purposes it is a space that does not officially exist – this adds to the mystery of the site.’

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‘Purdom presents the mud constructions on the ‘trails’ as enigmatic structures: their physical presence mirroring the ambiguous landscape around them. The images can be viewed as evidence of other unseen things but implicit within the objects pictured are ideas about land-use, settlement, earth building methodology, arguably encoded in a kind of primitivist nostalgia. There is a continual tension between what the photographs describe and what they reveal. In this exhibition, Purdom exploits the potential of photography’s indexicality – when it is at its most factual is often when it is most obscure.’

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Under book / RAMP Gallery / Mark Purdom

Posted

27 March 2013

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Events

New book: Obscured
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Format Editions are pleased to announce our latest book, Obscured by photographer Andrew Pengilly.

‘Obscured draws attention to time and place. Presenting the same landscape at both day and night and differing seasons, the first image shows day in winter while the second is the inverse image of night, in which the camera records what we cannot see. In both images the land is obscured; first by snow and then by darkness. The work is intended to draw attention to absence, whereby the unfolding of time and the reduction of colour and form reveals a landscape of subtle details.

‘The images are reduced to tones of light and dark, accentuated by the flat light on the snow, and decreasing light to near black. The images show what we can only see in parts, now presented as a continuum in which night and day are aligned to each other in a loop. The images are no longer the observation of content but rather the relationship of light and time, in which absence reveals details made visible by the camera.’

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Posted

20 March 2013

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Books

Format Editions on Pinterest
Format Editions on Pinterest

You can now follow Format Editions on Pinterest.

We will be posting pictures of our books, and sharing great examples of photography, bookbinding, finishing and printing we love, from around the world.

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Posted

1 March 2013

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Studio

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