Saturday, April 04, 2009

New Compound Edition by Rory Donaldson

Compound Editions is very pleased to announce the release of our third multiple, SQVENICEWATER08, by New York-based Scottish artist Rory Donaldson. Blending the languages of painting and photography, Donaldson creates stunning C-print images through a digital process that stretches out the original photograph’s four corners. The central image of each piece is identifiable only upon close inspection (see detail of SQVENICEWATER08 below). What greets the viewer from a distance looks to be large blocks of solid color, referencing perhaps color-field painting. As art critic John Haber recently put it:
"[Donaldson's photographs] put color-field painting through its paces. Each divides neatly into four rectangles, in unnervingly close or contrasting colors. For a second, I mistook them for separate acrylic panels, but the effect is more striking once one engages them as photographs. Forget Ad Reinhardt, Clement Greenberg, and pure painting, they seem to boast, with just a bit of arrogance. This is what a new century's technology can do."

---John Haber,, May 27, 2008
Detail of center of image:

Rory Donaldson



14" x 11"
Edition of 100, plus 10 APs.

$100.00 each (unmounted)

Email us at compoundeditions [at] gmail . com for more information or visit the Compound Editions blog.

Labels: Compound Editions


Anonymous Georges said...

Like I said, the devil is in the details

4/04/2009 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger ruben said...

Very nice. I like the process behing it. Might have to stop by and check it out!

4/04/2009 02:16:00 PM  
Blogger Catherine Chandler said...

Those photos are gorgeous! I love the color of the water, and the contrast between water and buildings. What a great process, too! And $100 price tag isn't so if only I lived closer! Thank you for sharing.

4/04/2009 02:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric Casp said...

It's not a detail? It's a banging photographic process and formal statement. You can't really argue about it. It's there: Pow. Graphic. It takes from Tom Friedmann but does its own thing. It reminds me more of Richter and his ambivalent paintings (between landcape and abstract). It's a good comment about the concept of framing in the age of digital photography. How do you define the last representational pixel?

I'll note the name, we'll see
in person eventually.

Cedric Casp

4/04/2009 05:36:00 PM  
Blogger Bromo Ivory said...

I love Rory Donaldson's photographic work - and the Compound edition makes it all the more accessible so Kudos to Ed!

I agree with Cedric - it has to be taken on its own terms, too. It sort of asks, also where does representation end and abstraction begin? And Where does the piece end, as well - for this work I think proper display is absolutely required - the border between the piece and the display wall cannot be strong as with a traditional frame.

4/05/2009 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

At first look, I thought the image was a painting, after seeing it was not, I had to go view all the images on your gallery site. Beautiful work. I agree with Cedric...reminds me of Richter and his ambivalent paintings (between landcape and abstract).

4/06/2009 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous nemastoma said...

His photographs are like trompe-l'oeil in reverse. Stunning.

4/06/2009 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger gnute said...

Looks great on my computer screen.

4/06/2009 06:22:00 PM  

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