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Michelle O'Byrne
English Silver [Silver Editions 2011], 2011

Title: English Silver [Silver Editions 2011]

Artist: Michelle O'Byrne

Medium: Photography; Inkjet print

Date: 2011

Image Size: 22" x 17"

Edition: 23 - Sold as part of a set

Price: $1250

About the SILVER EDITIONS 2011 Set

TPW Silver Editions 2011

Silver Editions 2011, is a limited edition portfolio featuring photographs (pictured above from left to right) by three Canadian artists: Kotama Bouabane, Michelle O’Byrne and Michael Snow.

Silver Editions 2011 brings together a trio of images that are equal parts visually seductive and formally inventive. Though the works are produced by a diverse group of artists, each at very different stages in their careers, all three demonstrate a parallel engagement with the terms of photographic representation and a willingness to test the limits therein. The images are playful, visually pleasing and deceptively simple in their construction. And yet each one also offers up a challenge to the very terms of photographed image. They take aspects of representation to task, toying with framing, flatness and form in a way that is deeply engaging and intellectually challenging.

Silver Editions 2011 is produced in an edition of 23 and is available for sale as a set for $1,250.

Silver Editions 2011 is the sixth collection in the series. The images have been generously donated by the participating artists to support Gallery TPW, a non profit artist-run centre and registered charity. All proceeds go to support Gallery TPW’s operations, programming and mandate.

About this Work

English Silver

"Gesture is a series which brings to attention issues in the visual language of photography through paradoxes within the work. The gestures performed are both destructive and creative simultaneously. Through the destruction of the original image in the creation of a new image, the presence of the original is re-emphasized, revealing the process of change and inscriptions of time.

The images clearly demonstrate the hand of the artist which has cut and stapled the textured paper, however the scanning and reprinting process removes the tactility of these elements leaving only the appearance of texture and transforming the handmade object into a reproducible image. The decontextualisation of the images leaves the viewer with minimal information about the image’s original framework, reminding the viewer of the way in which photographs are often used as support to text. A tension is created because the viewer is free to explore and make new meaning out of the image, yet is constantly reminded that the image has been shifted suggesting the metamorphic effect of context."

About the Print

This edition, supervised by the artist, is printed with archival pigment inks on a satin Fine Art paper. The ink and paper combination have a display permanence rating of 200+ years. All our prints are made with the greatest attention to quality and a concern for permanence.

About the Artist

Michelle O’Byrne

Michelle O'Byrne is a photo-based artist living and working in Vancouver. She received a BFA in Photography Studies from Ryerson University. Her work has been exhibited at the Gladstone Hotel, Lennox Gallery, AWOL Gallery and Galerie Pierre-Léon in Toronto.