Discover the hypnotic world of Victorian-era cyanotyping at Curious Duke Gallery.
London, April 5 , 2018: This April sees the launch of one of the most hotly-anticipated solo shows of the year at Curious Duke Gallery: Blueprints by Craig Keenan.
A rising star on the London art scene, Craig has built a reputation as one to watch since winning the Secret Art Prize in 2014 and selling out at Battersea Art Fair last year.
Visitors to the show will be transported back to the Victorian-era, coming face-to-face with a once-common process that has all but died out in the last 150 years.
That’s because Craig creates beautiful, enigmatic cyanotypes.
Developed in 1842 as a more cost effective way to create plans and diagrams (which later became better known as ‘blueprints’), cyanotyping involves the mixing of chemicals and a mastery of light: there’s something of a long-forgotten alchemy to the process, which is reflected in the beautiful, ethereal nature of the work.
Expect to see dreamlike scenes of girls falling through hypnotic blue space, the mesmerising billow of jellyfish through inky voids, and swirling wreaths of azure-tinged smoke.
The overall impression is of being enveloped in a disorientating, ghostly otherworld: each piece is photographically realistic, but set in the context of a strange of unearthly blue ether, has a narcotic, slumberous quality. That’s one of the aspects that first drew Craig to the process, as he explains:
“The thing I love most about cyanotypes is the control of applying the light sensitive area onto the substrate - essentially I’m able to paint photographs, which for me is super satisfying.”
Blueprints will be on display between 5th - 28th April at Curious Duke Gallery, five minutes walk from Old Street tube.