Tempo 1 – 9

Giclee Prints / Archival inkjet on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Satin 308gsm

2008 – 2011

‘Tempo’ is an ongoing series by Nelson Crespo of work based on the very mechanism of printed reproduction of images. Using found print-related objects the images taken, literally, from a lithographic stone through to offset lithography rubber blankets, have been photographed and then digitally reprinted onto fine art paper.The effect, extraordinarily touching and sensitive, lends itself to a real crash course in compacted time. Caught here the pictured surface, itself the result of a build up, over very much time, of the printing process, is represented by a clear and unadulterated photographic process. There is no artistic decision, no aesthetic interruption by the artist, yet the many layers of visual memory, art historical association, multiple manifestations, are the residue of a popular circulation of reproduced artistic imagery. ‘The photographic process in this case, is used with chirurgical precision and intention so that people see what I see, making us all believe together without modification of reality’, Crespo says.‘The work almost invites us to rewind our stored mental images at high-speed, to stop at certain frames and fast-forward again. There is something simultaneously cinematographic, photographic and painterly in these surfaces, somehow touched by light, paint and movement.’The edge of the object, cloth or stone, is scanned to such an intense level of verisimilitude, that it makes its own frame. The literal edge of something real, dimensional, with pins, and holes, makes a strange and yet pleasing visual experience where a belief in diffuse illusions brought together every now and then with sharp focus; another layer, another plan. The detail on the faint coloured works, with mark, numbers, motifs, from many years of working process, shows the mechanical means of production taking on the nature of the thing itself to reflect how it is possible to see, believe, and understand a medium at the same time.Nelson is working here rather like a museum curator in the way he collects, documents, and displays his material. The images are clear, sharp, and ultimately cared for, yet the result is a strong relationship to the representation of diffuse landscape, brimming sea, and early photographs of Space.

Sacha Craddock and Nelson Crespo