"Aer Ulster"

William Penney

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


This series of work arose from an encounter with an object in a context which was simultaneously inconsequential yet resonant with meaning. The valueless polystyrene toy aeroplane communicated an overwhelming aura of impotence and dysfunctionality in a structure that should be strong and secure. The series research shifting scale and environment dynamic can introduce disparate gravities and references.The development of the series created distance between the viewer and the object with the aim of introducing meaning and pathos to a benign artefact. The form also carries significant cultural noise which I exploited in the context in which the outcomes were published. Initially the toy was documented in conventional ways including photography. Effervescence and suggestions of embodied light were created by the reversal of colour in the negatives. This series of photo screen prints were prepared using the industrial process of printing 4 colour separation in Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. The evocation was heightened by circumventing the conventional order- In the production of the resultant prints the cyan was printed through the magentas screen. While the rendering is still completely legible sand recognisable, and the form is not disturbingly distorted , it still looks 'realistic' but subtly transformed , the dynamics have altered and shifted. While the image has been conventionally processed from a passive object , the outcomes appear to be in active and ominous. The work was awarded first Prize in the 12 Deutsche Internationale Grafik-Triennale. (founded 1n 1970). Over 1800 works from 700 artists were juried to arrive at 280 artworks from 40 Countries in the exhibition. It is published in full colour in the catalogue and attracted a substantial amount of international attention. Series of two images Edition of 20. 1000x 700mm.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationArtist's Archive
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Feb 1999

Bibliographical note

Outputmediatype: CMYK Photo Screen Print


  • Print
  • Frechen
  • Aeroplane
  • Toy
  • 4-Color separation


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