I recently had this work in an exhibition in Whanganui. It opened on the 29th April, although I was unfortunately unable to attend. I met a group of people when I was last visiting the town (at the lend of last year) who, regularly exhibit as a group, usually with a theme. This exhibition, their third I believe, was based on a pack of cards. All exhibitors were to pick a card, and create a piece of artwork based on that card. The work could be in any media, and would be exhibited as such, but all works would then be photographed or scanned if necessary and reproduced as a pack of cards.
So they seemed to have managed to get the full deck together – 54 in total including two jokers!
Three of Spades
As you can see, I drew the Three of Spades…it was interesting working with such a specific theme..something I don’t think I’ve done since art school! I only knew that I wanted to do something photographic…although in the process of making the work, I did start drawing at one point.
In the end, I gathered 26 packs of cards (well 27 but one didn’t make the final work) and scanned every three of spades from each pack. I them composited them on top of one another, working with the individual layers to allow each card to be seen in the final work. Thanks to my wonderful friends who lent me their cards I had the widest array of interesting cards to work with, from dinosaur to african elephant, from Japan to Edinburgh (those were mine….), and from miniature to jumbo it turned into a really interesting process. i originally intended to gather 52 cards for the work, but I think it works with the 26. To make it 52, I also scanned the backs and did a couple of composit works of the patterns that came out there, which you can see on my photo blog. They don’t work as finished pieces but they were interesting to do.