Weekly Roundup 10

i. I was keen to start my second term at Camberwell by actually making some work so started working on some large self-portrait monotypes (for my upcoming show). I was shown a slightly different process for making monotypes that involved building up multiple layers of ink by passing the paper several times through a lithography press. It creates a much dryer mark (possibly not as sensitive as using damp paper) but does allow an interesting translucency between layers. Worth exploring further.

ii. I visited Thomas Ruff: Photographs 1979-2017 at Whitechapel Gallery with my photographer friend Ant. Ruff's Porträts (monumental, neutrally-lit studio portraits) were fascinating: their scale creates an intense interaction with each image yet I felt almost entirely detached from the people depicted. Conversely the modestly-sized Interieurs (carefully composed details of Ruff's own Düsseldorf apartment and those of his parents, relations and friends) felt quiet, gentle and altogether a lot more intimate. This was an attempt to see an exhibition that I wouldn't normally visit and I got a lot more out of it than expected.

 Thomas Ruff,  Porträt (P. Stadtbäumer),  1988, C-Print

Thomas Ruff, Porträt (P. Stadtbäumer), 1988, C-Print

 Thomas Ruff,  Interieur 6B , 1980, C-Print

Thomas Ruff, Interieur 6B, 1980, C-Print