'RICHARD LONG: THE SPIKE ISLAND TAPES'
ALAN CRISTEA GALLERY,
LONDON.
20 FEBRUARY - 2 APRIL 2015.

PERSONAL EXHIBITION NO 252.


From the press release:

For his first solo exhibition at the Alan Cristea Gallery, Turner Prize winner and Royal Academician Richard Long exhibits a series of new, monumental carborundum relief prints. 

This is the first time that Long has worked in this medium, allowing him to create his largest prints and most colourful works to date: The Spike Island Tapes comprising 17 works created from twelve colossal 4 x 8 foot aluminium plates.

Over the past four decades Long has mostly worked with silkscreen and offset printing techniques, alongside etching and lithography.
The artist was first approached by Alan Cristea in 2013 with the idea of making carborundum relief prints, as this would give him the opportunity to work directly with his hand on the plate, thus replicating the technique he uses when making his mud works.
These works bear strong resemblance to mud, or any wet works as Long props plates vertically against the wall, enabling him to work fast at their top and to generate cascading “out-takes” of his hand marks.

Four panels of this kind will hang together in an immersive five metre wide print, while other pieces have been produced by masking out geometric shapes before Long then covered the plates with paste using his bare hands.
Although some have been printed in mud-coloured ink, a number are coloured in vibrant reds and greens carefully selected by the artist.

The works come under the heading The Spike Island Tapes, a title which includes both an oblique reference to The Nashville Tapes, a selection of songs recorded by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, and the name of a contemporary arts centre in Bristol near to Long’s home, Spike Island, where he conceived, developed and proofed the prints for the exhibition.

For Long, working at Spike Island was comparable to a musician going into a recording studio for a few days, to lay down some new tracks.
All of the prints in the exhibition are named after songs or music that Long “just likes”. 



installation views




From left to right:
'Fingers on Fire' and 'Love Minus Zero/No Limit'.




'Love Minus Zero/No Limit' and 'Mississippi River Blues'.




'Mississippi River Blues' and 'Black Mountain Rag'.




'Hickory Wind', 'Honky Tonk Women' and 'One too many Mornings'.




'The Lark in the Clear Air' and 'Simple Twist of Fate'.




'Sweet Old World' and 'Simple Twist of Fate'.




'The Shaskeen Reel', 'Guitars, Cadillacs' and 'One too Many Mornings'.






the prints


 

 
 'Mississippi River Blues'

A four panel carborundum relief printed in Titanium White ink
on Hahnemühle Etching White 350 gsm paper
painted with a Mars Black acrylic wash,
each panel 194 x 121.5 cm,
overall 194 x 486 cm,
edition of 2,
GBP 60,000.



'Love Minus Zero/No Limit'

A two panel carborundum relief,
left panel printed in a Black/Ultramarine Blue ink mix,
right panel in a Vermilion/Ruby Madder/Primrose ink mix
on Hahnemühle Etching White 350 gsm paper,
each panel 121.5 x 194 cm,
overall 121.5 x 388 cm,
edition of 2,
GBP 30,000.

 


 '
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness'

A two panel carborundum relief,
both panels printed in Black/Ultramarine Blue ink mix
on Hahnemühle Etching White 350 gsm paper,
each panel 121.5 x 194 cm,
overall 121.5 x 388 cm,
edition of 3.



 '
One Too Many Mornings'

A two panel carborundum relief,
left panel printed in Titanium White ink,
right panel in Black/Ultramarine Blue ink mix
on Hahnemühle Etching White 350 gsm paper,
left panel painted with a Mars Black acrylic wash,
each panel 121.5 x 194 cm,
overall 121.5 x 388 cm,
edition of 2,
GBP 30,000.



 


 'Hickory Wind'

A single panel carborundum relief, 
printed in Black/Ultramarine Blue ink mix
on Hahnemühle Etching White 350 gsm paper,
194 x 121.5 cm,
edition of 3,
GBP 15,000.

 



'Sweet Old World'

A single panel carborundum relief, 
printed in Vermilion/Ruby Madder/Primrose ink mix
on Hahnemühle Etching White 350 gsm paper,
194 x 121.5 cm,
edition of 3,
GBP 15,000.


 

 
'The Shaskeen Reel'

A single panel carborundum relief,
printed in Black/Ultramarine Blue ink mix
on Hahnemühle Etching White 350 gsm paper,
194 x 121.5 cm,
edition of 3,
GBP 15,000.


 'The Lark in the Clear Air'

A single panel carborundum relief,
printed in Vermilion/Ruby Madder/Primrose ink mix
on Hahnemühle Etching White 350 gsm paper,
194 x 121.5 cm,
edition of 3,
GBP 15,000.





'Guitars, Cadillacs'

A two panel carborundum relief,
printed in Yellow Ochre/Zinc White/Primrose/Vermilion ink mix
on Moulin Du Gue 350 gsm paper
painted in Viridian/Napthol Red/Van Dyke Brown layers,
each panel 116 x 209 cm,
overall 232 x 209 cm,
image diameter 173 cm,
edition of 12,
GBP 14,400.


 

 'Fingers on Fire'

A two panel carborundum relief,
printed in Crimson Red ink
on Moulin Du Gue 350gsm paper painted in a Cadmium yellow acrylic wash,
left panel 248.5 x 119.5 cm,
right panel 248.5 x 123 cm,
overall 248.5 x 242.5 cm,
edition of 7,
GBP 18,000.




 'Simple Twist of Fate'

A two panel carborundum relief,
printed in Emerald Green ink
on Moulin Du Gue 350gsm paper,
painted in a Cadmium yellow acrylic wash,
left panel 248.5 x 119.5 cm,
right panel 248.5 x 123 cm,
overall 248.5 x 242.5 cm,
edition of 7,
GBP 18,000.

 

 

'Corrina Corrina'

A two panel carborundum relief,
top panel printed in Emerald Green ink,
bottom panel in Crimson Red ink
on Moulin Du Gue 350 gsm paper,
top panel 123 x 248.5 cm,
bottom panel 123 x 248.5 cm,
overall 246 x 248.5 cm,
edition of 5.


 'Honky Tonk Women'

A single panel carborundum relief,
printed in Crimson Red ink with line painted in Cadmium Red Light acrylic
on Moulin Du Gue 350 gsm paper,
123.5 x 248.5 cm,
edition of 6,
GBP 10,800.




 '
Africa Dub'

A two panel carborundum relief,
printed in Burnt Umber/Raw Umber/Lemon Yellow/Orient Blue ink mix
on Moulin Du Gue 350 gsm paper,
left panel painted in Carbon Black/Cobalt blue mix acrylic wash,
right panel in a Graphite Grey/Paynes Grey/Zinc White mix acrylic wash,
each panel 239.5 x 116.5 cm,
overall 239.5 x 233 cm,
edition of 5.


 'In My Hour of Darkness'

A three panel carborundum relief,
printed in Burnt Umber/Raw Umber/Lemon Yellow/Orient Blue ink mix
on Moulin Du Gue 350 gsm paper,
painted in Graphite Grey/Paynes Grey/Zinc White mix acrylic wash,
each panel 239.5 x 116.5 cm,
overall 239.5 x 349.5 cm,
edition of 3.




 'Black Mountain Rag'

A three panel carborundum relief,
printed in Burnt Umber/Raw Umber/Lemon Yellow/Orient blue ink mix
on Moulin Du Gue 350 gsm paper,
painted in Carbon Black/Cobalt Blue mix acrylic wash,
each panel 239.5 x 116.5 cm,
overall 239.5 x 349.5 cm,
edition of 3,
GBP  36,000.

 


 'The Maker'

A three panel carborundum relief,
printed in Burnt Umber/Raw Umber/Lemon Yellow/Orient Blue Mix
on Moulin Du Gue 350 gsm paper,
painted in Titanium white/Cerulean blue mix acrylic wash,
each panel 239.5 x 116.5 cm,
overall 239.5 x 349.5 cm,
edition of 3.

               


All works: 2014.
Measurements are given height x width and are approximate due to the nature of the paper.

The prices of the unframed works include 20% VAT.


 Photography of the installation views and the artworks:
Peter White, FXP Photography.

 

All images: Courtesy Richard Long and Alan Cristea Gallery, London. 

Images cannot be reproduced without permission.
Please contact info@alancristea.com for permission.