Antony Cairns with a new series of works CTY
British artist Antony Cairns, fascinated by the idea of the metropolis, records major cities like London, Tokyo, Osaka and Las Vegas, both photographically and with video.
It’s a part of Antony Cairns works taken from his larger project entitled CTY.
In his work the artist reflects on the urban landscape by using techniques and technologies usually considered obsolete such PXL2000 video cameras, computer punch-cards, and COBOL codes.
To produce these images Cairns first takes a photograph or film, and then intervenes directly on the resulting images, as in the case of the hand- coloured prints included in the exhibition. The aesthetic of his work evokes the visual codes of science-fiction and futuristic writing. And if the human figure is often totally absent from his cityscapes, it is perhaps here that Cairns questions our relationship to the urban environment and the ways in which technology shaped our perceptions of it.
Antony Cairns (born in 1981) lives and works in London. His work has been presented at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2013, at the George Eastman House, New York in 2016 and at both Tate Modern and Festival Images Vevey in 2018. Cairns has published a number of artists books including LDN (2010), LPT (2012) and OCS (2016) as well as publishing CTY (2017) with Morel Books.