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David Spriggs

Title & Date: Blue _ Topographical Study (2012)
Material: Silk screen print on glass
Edition: 2 of 10
Dimensions: 9" x 24"

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"Blue _ Topographical Study" by David Spriggs

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This piece represents the full topographical cross-section study of the site-specific installation "BLUE" at Abrons Arts Center in NYC. The image reveals the total plan of the installation’s areas of color, addressing the physicality and spatial perception of the color blue. While referencing Yves Klein’s "International Klein Blue (IK)" and the Light and Space artists of the sixties, "BLUE" imagines new concepts of hue in space manifesting the color as a physical object. BLUE is created with multiple layers of painted transparent film hung at specific intervals within the gallery. The pigment is carried through the space on the transparencies that, once lit, create a blur of three-dimensional color. The result is a field of an intense saturated tint that radiates from the architecture with no defined form or boundaries.

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Description: This piece represents the full topographical cross-section study of the site-specific installation BLUE at Abrons Arts Center in NYC. The image reveals the total plan of the installation’s areas of color, addressing the physicality and spatial perception of the color blue. While referencing Yves Klein’s International Klein Blue (IK) and the Light and Space artists of the sixties, BLUE imagines new concepts of hue in space manifesting the color as a physical object. BLUE is created with multiple layers of painted transparent film hung at specific intervals within the gallery. The pigment is carried through the space on the transparencies that, once lit, create a blur of three-dimensional color. The result is a field of an intense saturated tint that radiates from the architecture with no defined form or boundaries.

Artist Biography: Born in Manchester, England in 1978, David Spriggs lives and works in Montreal and is currently a Flux Factory resident. Spriggs is known for his unusual large-scale installations, which meld a sense of intensity with a sense of delicacy. His technique presents a work that is seemingly ephemeral in its translucence, but is created from multiple layered images that are suspended vertically, allowing the viewer to move around them. Through these means, he probes the symbolic, cultural, historical, political and perceptual understandings attached to specific colors and forms. Spriggs received his BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1999 and his MFA in sculpture from Concordia University in 2007. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at Sharjah Biennial 9 in the UAE, Prague Biennial 5, and a group exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Gallery in Macau. His work is included in the collections of the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, among others.