(after) is a response by acclaimed British photographer Miles Aldridge to works by renowned contemporary artists Maurizio Cattelan, Harland Miller and Gilbert & George.
Aldridge’s images ‘after’ Maurizio Cattelan are C-print photographs. Those in response to Harland Miller are screenprints made to evoke the grainy Sunday newspaper supplements of the 1960s and 70s. The works informed by artist duo Gilbert & George use the Victorian photogravure technique, but with the addition of hand-painted blocks of pop colour. As Aldridge comments: ‘I am responding to these three different artists not just visually, but texturally, by using photographic images to create different kinds of prints.’
Aldridge is a photographer who is well known for staging elaborate mise-en-scènes that have a film noir quality. Long interested in art history, his highly stylized work draws inspiration from representations of the female nude in art, as well as in pulp fiction and pin-ups. As Aldridge states: ‘In my work there is always a push and pull between high and low art.’
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an original essay by Michael Bracewell.