Ed Atkins "Untitled", 2013

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Untitled, 2013
Digital print on 
Claro Silk 170g matt paper
50 x 70 cm / 20 x 27 inches
Edition of 25 
Signed on back

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Whether in his video works, or in his collages, the textured surfaces of Ed Atkins celebrate the synthetic and the hyperreal in all their flawed glory. 
 
"The poster is excessive; it's constitutive layers each operating at some shrill pitch of representational acuity. As in, it's all high def and super-saturated – excessively real in its sharpened artifice. It's all effect, of course. Lens flares, textures, tanned figure, a swatch of glistening wounds; all of them are fake, either computer generated or otherwise imitation. In their desire to convince they well describe their fraudulence. As a poster, I suppose it might advertise some gruesome sub-category of stock imagery – 'stock' understood as a reduction and an intensification. It also relates to a new video work completed around the same time, Warm, Warm, Warm Spring Mouths, from which the protagonist is taken – a CG model who goes under 'Dave'– is shorn of his luscious hair and tanned by the light of a digital sun." (Ed Atkins)

Ed Atkins was born in 1982 in Oxford and lives in London.