Harmonic Distortion

Mat Chivers, 2017
PM/AM Gallery, London

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The team at Factum Arte have been working on a series of three cyanotype prints for Mat Chivers. The works are a response to Metrological data that demonstrates global changes in the environment over the last twenty years.

Cyanotypes are photograms that are made by coating paper in iron salts which turn a vivid prussian blue on exposure to UV light. Annual data of cloud coverage and sunlight intensity for specific locations across the UK were used as negatives to form the images through the intensity of the sunlight. In each instance a negative of the data was laid over the sensitised paper in sunlight for a measured period of time. The printing method expresses the content. Made 'en plein air' the changes in the cloud cover and intensity of the sunlight make each print in the edition a unique record of a specific moment.

Initial tests exposing the image using a UV lamp

Watching the image develop over time in the sunlight

Aligning the print at 180° to the sun

Washing the paper to remove the light sensitive chemicals in the areas that were not exposed

Mat Chivers and Constanza Dessain in Factum Arte

Final work

Final work

These works currently feature in Mat Chivers solo exhibition at PM/AM Gallery in London and will run until the 28th February 2017.
Click here for the press release of Harmonic Distortion exhibition at PM/AM gallery

The Cyanotypes and three salt panels (also produced in Factum Arte) installed at PM/AM gallery, London

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