Richard Long: The Spike Island Tapes, Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 & 34 Cork Street, London W1, until 2 April 2015
Richard Long has been printmaking for over forty years – etching, lithography, silkscreen and offset – but for this his first solo exhibition at the gallery he has produced a series of monumental carborundum relief prints. An artistic first for him in size and technique!
The Spike Island Tapes (the name comes from the contemporary arts centre near him in Bristol and the titles of music and songs ‘he just likes’) are a colourful series of seventeen new works formed from a dozen 4 x 8 foot aluminium plates. His working technique allows him to work using his hands on the plate.