The cunning of unreason (2007)
Thio toned silver gelatin print, edition 1/4
Artist - DOMINIC ROUSE
Title - The Cunning of Unreason
Print - Toned Gelatin Silver Print
Paper Size - 60" x 42" (152.4 x 106.68 cm)
Image Size - 56" x 38" (142.24 x 96.52 cm)
Edition - 4
Image Date - February 2007
Print Date - March 2009
Catalogue - DHR043BW
Condition - MINT
Signed & numbered in pencil lower front right
Artist stamp on rear
Certificate of Print Authenticity
Dominic Rouse was born in England in 1959.
His career began in photojournalism in 1977 and has progressed through various stages into the world of fine art.
He makes toned silver gelatin prints from digitally composed, large-format negatives in short limited editions.
The style of his imagery may appear to be rooted in the past but it relies heavily on a fusion of state-of-the-art digital technologies & traditional photographic processes to produce seamless transitions between the world of contemporary digital art and the timeless qualities of black and white photography.
"The man of vision is charged with the duty of exposing our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement. In order to see the light we must first acknowledge that we are in the dark."
(Dominic Rouse - Artist Statement, 2007)
"Duchamp and Dali present a spectacle of perversion, where things and images are subjected to an endless crisis of interpretations and critical openings. Rouse follows the same path, using the unknown possibilities - the chance associations of subjects and objects - in a paranoid-libidinal perspective that spans the irrational and the oneiric. He seizes events and phenomena and manipulates them. He subjects them to a law of imaginary representation, one capable of forming an erotic and macabre labyrinth."
(Aasim Akhtar - The Friday Times, Vol. XXIII No. 42)
"Whether considering P H Emerson and his albumen prints or Edward Weston to Jerry Uelsmann with their work with gelatin silver, or for that matter Dominic Rousewith his digitally montaged images, it's the mind of the photographer and his exploration of the fundamental questions of life and death, love and loss, meaning and chaos that make photographic art captivating."
(Brooks Jensen - LensWork Publishing, USA)