This current body of work for Concrete Collective has developed through the (th)inking, from letterpress, via digital, to screen print. It explores iterations and interpretations of the original to create new language scapes… a form of typography as topography. I am intrigued by the environments we construct (both real and imagined) through the language we use and how we, as individuals, create and navigate the spaces to come together, in-between.
A NOD TO THE MASTERS
Graham Cook’s recurring journeys to New York City, spanning almost two decades since the beginning of the 21st century has produced a personal body of work which, not only nods to the Masters of the New York School of Photography (1930’s-50’s) and its appreciation of fleeting street conversations, but modernises with a sense of individual character and spontaneity that evokes a feeling of recognition that connects a dialogue of past and present.
I have always been interested in the pace in which people move, build and grow within cities. The constant construction, contrasting architecture, change, shapes, repetition, order, grids, systems and structures. I am drawn to the beauty of the often overlooked gritty floor of the city. I am attracted to the contrast of line, shape and texture that the city provides, the combination of symbols and signs created by road markings that navigate us from place to place. Within this work I was keen for the images to capture the idea of structure, movement and represent how we leave our mark on the concrete surface.