The work is a wax rubbing of Ian Curtis’s (Joy Division) old house in Macclesfield where he lived with his family, wrote his music and tragically committed suicide in 1980.
The work being the size of the side of a terrace house (563 x 504 cm) paired with being mostly white and shooting on a white wall as a typical gallery backdrop obviously bought it’s challenges in achieving balanced lighting. A mixture of bouncing large spot lights from the surrounding gallery walls and using smaller LED panels to fill in the gaps did the trick after some experimentation. I have a feeling the Sony A7RIII’s dynamic range and pixel shift mode also helped.
‘77 Barton Street’ was commissioned by Deichtorhallen Hamburg and curator Max Dax. the work is in ‘Hyper! A Journey Into Art and Music’ at Deichtorhallen Hamburg: 1 March – 11 August 2019.
There will also be a publication available with the exhibition available through Deichtorhallen.