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Title: Cut Column

Date: 2009

Edition: Edition 30 with 5 artist proofs.

Materials: 350gms/150lb medium cold press watercolour paper. 
Ph neutral, laser cut spaces.

Size: Of watercolour paper: 25.5 x 25.5 cm.
Frame size 50.5 x 50.5 x 4.5 cm (19 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches).

Production: Nottingham Trent University laser cutting studio, Nottingham

Notes: Three individual drawings laser cut through high quality watercolour paper.



Cut Column is based on an earlier holographic monoprint, “Centre Column” produced in 1989 and now held in the Lauk Collection, Germany. 

A celebration, exactly 20 years on from the production of the original, the 2009 piece takes the same column-like gestural 'scribble' and uses a micro-fine focused beam of laser light to 'excise' the drawing from traditional watercolour paper.

The resulting 'image' is made up of three 'holes' in the paper, spaces where the drawings should have been. The absence of drawing.

Each of the works, separated by 20 years, displays the absence of the original hand-made marks through the interaction of light on a surface. The holographic version capturing photonic diffraction onto silver halide photographic emulsion, the paper version using photons as a 'knife', to cut away paper fibre and reveal the space behind.

The results, in both cases, are small, 'insignificant', marks made significant by their absence.

Part of an ongoing series: The Absence of Drawing. 

Special thanks to Sue Turton, at Nottingham Trent University's laser cutting studio, who helped coach this work into existence.


Details of central 'drawn' column.

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Andrew Pepper works with projected light, holography and installation.  Based in the UK,  he has exhibited his work in group and solo exhibitions internationally and, as a senior lecturer in fine art at Nottingham Trent University, he taught on the BA (Hons) fine art course, the Master of Fine Art course and has acted as a PhD examiner for a wide range of key project-based research submissions.


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