28 colour plates on coated and uncoated papers
21 x 27 cm
Loop stapled booklet with marbled cover
Designed by James Langdon
Edition of 300
White Ashes Fell presents photographs made by Stuart Whipps in Xilitla, Mexico in 2012. These photographs depict the surrealist sculpture garden of Las Pozas, a collection of 36 large concrete structures with titles such as The House with Three Stories That Could Be Five, and The Temple of The Ducks. Las Pozas was built by the English patron and poet Edward James between 1962 and 1979. These images are accompanied by photographs of the wooden moulds that were used to cast James' structures. The title comes from a story told to George Melly and published in ’Swans Reflecting Elephants':
The building occurred only after the first 20 years here. For the first 20 years I was only interested in horticulture and then suddenly, in 62 there was a snowfall. Nobody had seen snow before, they didn’t know what it was. When I got back from New York a month later they said Don Edwardo, for 3 days white ashes fell and burnt everything so then I decided I would do something that couldn’t be killed by freak weather so I began building only then, things that look like tress and plants and flowers. Things that could not be killed by snow.
The making of these photographs was generously supported by Wysing Arts Centre.
Tick, Tack, Tick, Tack, Tick
White Ashes Fell is part 2 of Tick, Tack, Tick, Tack, Tick, a series of publications with Stuart Whipps. Each publication behaves as an excerpt from Whipps’ ongoing practice and the ideas circulating around it. Upon publication of each book, 300 untrimmed running sheets from the printing press are stored and archived, to be activated at a future date.
Stuart Whipps is an artist based in Birmingham, UK. He often makes work about things he doesn’t understand and doesn't know how to do. Currently this includes restoring a 1979 Mini with the assistance of former British Leyland workers, training to make geological thin sections at the University of Birmingham and working with a seventeenth century sign language devised by Sir Christopher Wren. He works predominantly with photography and video alongside reconfigured existing or remade materials.
Selected solo exhibitions include Isle Of Slingers, Spike Island, Bristol 2016; Photo Colour Services, Ithuba Gallery, Johannesburg; Birth Springs, Death Falls, Flat Time House, London 2013; Why Contribute to The Spread of Ugliness?, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham 2011, and New Wooabbeleri, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-On-Sea 2010. Selected group exhibitions include British Art Show 8, UK, 2015 - 2017; Reference Works: Guangzhou, Guanghzhou, China 2014; Relatively Absolute, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire 2013; Community Without Propinquity, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 2011, and East International, Norwich, 2009.