Tom Humphreys—Plates is an artist’s book of works produced between 2009 and 2016. Using industrially manufactured porcelain plates as his base material, British artist and curator Tom Humphreys (b. 1972) presents 420 plates from his series on a 1:1 scale, one plate per page, in this oversized voluminous publication. With this tome in hand, one might think it is too much of a good thing, but upon close inspection one becomes mesmerized by the design of each plate. The surfaces incorporate painted glazes along with the artist’s hand-drawn imagery or applied photographic transfers and found materials. Like a sketch, each work results from a simple gesture. Joining artisanal craft and digital production, the presentation of the works explores the politics of art production, presentation and consumption. This unique publication follows the exhibition Under the Wing at the independent art space Forde in Geneva (2017).
Softcover / 12 x 15 in. / 128 pp / 200 color
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