Elizabeth McAlpine

13 May 2014
Elizabeth McAlpine, Ends (Sprayed Sound) (2013), C- Type print, 85 x 120 cm. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

Rugby Art Gallery & Museum

Elizabeth McAlpine (b. 1973, London, UK) works in photography, sculpture and moving image, exploring and experimenting with analogue and digital photographic techniques. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland (2012), Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2010) and in group exhibitions including Everyday Epiphanies, Photography and Daily Life Since 1969 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013) and UnSpooling – Artist & Cinema at Cornerhouse, Manchester (2010).

McAlpine produced the first works in her Ends series in late 2013. The series transforms the discarded materials of film production into new works. ‘Ends’ are the last frames of a reel of 35mm moving image film stock which have been exposed to incidental light in the darkroom developing process. McAlpine has cut, collaged and layered these sections of film to create abstract compositions and has used these to produce photographic prints which amplify the traces of the human hand in the surface texture of scratches and dust.

When embarking on this acquisition, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum expressed a desire to establish a photography collection which could resonate with other parts of their collection, in particular The Trilogy (2005-10), an important work by Lindsay Seers, also acquired through the Contemporary Art Society. McAlpine’s Ends (Sprayed Sound) is the foundational work for this photographic branch of Rugby’s collection.

Presented by the Contemporary Art Society with the support of Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, 2014


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