Richard Galpin’s work engages with processes of change and transition in the urban environment. Working from his own photographs of contemporary cities, he reduces the surfaces and structures of urban form to abstracted fragments, and from these he develops his own fantastical creations. The work invokes the forces of construction and destruction, preservation and revolution.
In the work Cluster Fecundus, Richard Galpin turns his usual creative process on its head by obscuring the original photograph with a carefully refined computer-cut vinyl mask. This creates an intriguing interplay between the high gloss surface of the underlying photograph and the sharp, mechanical, semi-matt quality of the mask. There are two surfaces at work, fighting for prevalence.