THE DOOR is run as a collaboration between The Royal Oak Ramsden and M+P | Art, a gallery and viewing space in Delly End run by art advisor Lucy Meakin and art dealer and gallerist Ben Parsons.
It functions as an outpost of the gallery programme, acting as a space for an ongoing changing series of interesting works by local, national and international artists.
'Fox Talbot's Articles of Glass' (2017)
Cornelia PARKERS’s experiments in photography and printmaking are manifested in her series of 9 prints, Fox Talbot’s Articles of Glass (2017), based on Fox Talbot’s collection of glassware which is now held at the Bodleian in Oxford.
The series arose from Cornelia PARKER’s investigations into the photogravure – a photomechanical process which produces images through the exposure of a photographic positive onto a copper printing plate.
PARKER reinvented the technique by substituting the photographic negative for three-dimensional objects that are laid directly onto the copper plate. In this way, PARKER draws on both the photogravure and early photographic techniques pioneered by the 19th-century photographer Henry Fox Talbot. His solar prints, the first versions of the ‘photogram’, were generated without a camera by placing an object onto photosensitive paper and exposing it to light.
The prints PARKER produces capture the shadows cast by glass, arranged informally on a photogravure plate. Where the surface of a decanter or glass comes into contact with the plate, it leaves a sharply defined black impression; where it curves away the impression grows lighter, creating a spectral still life.