Hainich Forest
Colour Photo etchings
2016
50cm x 70cm

Dana Ariel

Dana Ariel (b.1983 Jerusalem, Israel) studied BFA, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, (2005-9); MFA at Slade School of Fine Art, London (2011-13) and is currently a Ph.D student at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Selected group exhibitions include: Transition, PS Mirabel, Manchester (2016); New Arrivals, 12 Star Gallery, Europe House, London (2015); Cast, PS Mirabel, Manchester (2015); Duet, UCL Art Museum, London (2013). Solo exhibitions include: Encountering perforated ground, Phoenix Brighton, Brighton Photo Fringe (upcoming - October 2016); Broken Ground, neo: gallery 22, Bolton (2014). Recent prizes include: Print Prize, Intaglio Printmaking Award (2014); Prankerd-Jones Memorial Prize in Fine Art (2013); UCL Art Museum Prize (2013). She lives and works in London.

Hainich Forest is a series of colour photo etchings depicting the remaining tank paths of a former military training ground in Germany. The forest was first occupied and destroyed by the Wehrmacht, later by Soviet military forces, and today it is a declared nature reserve. Photographed in different seasons between 2010-16, the images are etched in CMYK on four copper plates and printed on top of each other.

Mount X is a series of wood prints created from various printing techniques originating from a black and white negative. The colour is created through the printing process and traces the changing order of plates, registration marks, and the mechanical and manual gestures.

Blurring a border begins with first light imagines the repetitive routine of a soldier performing his daily duty to blur the border in print. It begins with a black and white image of debris washed by the flood and transforms through various printing techniques. From digital to analogue gestures, all traces appear on the 25 unique prints, as colour becomes an element of tracing.

You can see Dana Ariel's work at Gallery North

 


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