Sirensong Esther Teichmann

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Sirensong
Esther Teichmann

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This November STANLEY/BARKER launches a new Portfolio series.  Each of portfolio operates in a similar way to a book, playing close attention to with sequence, layout and form - however in a shorter form, and lower edition allowing for...Read more

This November STANLEY/BARKER launches a new Portfolio series. 

Each of portfolio operates in a similar way to a book, playing close attention to with sequence, layout and form - however in a shorter form, and lower edition allowing for the finest and most unique materials to be used, from silver prints to unique bronze casts.

Esther Teichmann’s photographs, films and writings, picture mothers like caves, sisters like seashells, lovers like moons, tears like waterfalls. Entering the octopus darkness of Teichmann’s caverns we find ingestion and emission, mother and daughter, sister and sister, lover and lover, surrealism’s erotic jolt: the irritant that makes the pearl. Seashells with apertures like cameras. The womb as oceanic. Lovers as moons. Holding as withholding. Day as night. Narratives of loss and desire are entangled like the glistening tentacles wrapped around the bodies depicted. 

This exquisite, limited edition portfolio in an edition of ten is a unique opportunity to acquire four works by Teichmann, including a Cyanotype Collage, a bronze cast of a sea sponge, and two Collotype pints. 

The Collotype prints were created by the artist in collaboration with Master Printer, Yamamoto San in Kyoto’s Benrido Collotype Atelier. Here a 19th C photographic printmaking process is reimagined within a contemporary context, allowing us to travel across time and place.

Established in Kyoto in 1887, Benrido brings over a century of experience to image- making. Collotype printing was the state of the art for photographic reproduction at the turn of the twentieth century. However, due to the high level of expertise needed to obtain consistent results, it was quickly replaced by the faster, cheaper, more mechanized process of offset printing. As one of the world’s few remaining producers of collotypes, Benrido offers rare access to this lost craft, providing opportunities for today’s photographers to collaborate with master artisan printers in making singularly beautiful museum-quality prints for exhibition and display. From deep shadow to brilliant highlight—collotype prints faithfully render photographic images in exquisite detail. Collotypes are made with opaque, oil-based pigment inks that are formulated to be maximally lightfast for enduring archival prints. These pigment inks bond to the paper’s surface, and can be meticulously layered by skilful printers to create luscious images of unmatched richness and depth.