Since the artist’s acclaimed series featuring Tupperware in 1990, London-based British photographer Richard Caldicott, b. 1962, has continually challenged photographic codes of representation in favor of new aesthetic and symbolic intentions. Employing traditional analog photography methods, Caldicott imbues his minimalist set of components with rich, vibrant color. The result is stunningly beautiful abstract work that is both self-contained and part of a larger dialogue, with nods to iconic minimalism, Color Field paintings, and pop reappropriation.Read More
As writer and critic Lyle Rexer notes in the catalog published by Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, “The extended series of photograms and their ‘negatives,’ have revealed that Caldicott’s interest has less to do with what a photograph is or even how it is made than what it does to us, and the ways we support a set of expectations about signification....The result is several wonderfully musical series of theme and variations.”
His most recent series, Iterations, Richard Caldicott approaches the medium of photography as an endless enigma. Through the process of duplication, replication and the subtle adjustments of color, his images follow a discernible linear compositional logic. This sense of recycling echoes Jasper John’s work and his famous sketchbook quote: “Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it”.
Since graduating from the The Royal College of Art in 1987, Richard Caldicott’s work has been acquired in several significant public and private collections, including the David Kronn Collection, Peter C. Ruppert Collection, Museum im Kulturspeicher (Germany), Goss- Michael Foundation (Dallas), Goldman Sachs International (London), Kunstmuseum Bonn (Germany), Sir Elton John Collection (Los Angeles/ London), Gert Elfering Collection (Miami), Karl Blossfeldt/Albert Renger- Patzch Collection/Ann and Jürgen Wilde (Köln), and Fidelity Worldwide Investment (London), among others.
Text courtesy Sous Les Etoiles Gallery.