On view May 7, 2010 — May 1, 2011 on the east side of the High Line, between 17th and 18th Streets.
Richard Galpin  is best known for creating altered photographs of cityscapes. His chosen method of manipulation is to cut and remove the top layer of the colored emulsion from his photographic prints, exposing the paper substrate. By eradicating part of the photograph, the imagery becomes altered to the point of total abstraction. Using clean lines and sharp angles, Galpin's technique produces works with an emphasis on geometric shapes, recalling early 20th century movements such as Constructivism, Cubism and Futurism.
For the High Line, Galpin created a 'viewing station' that functions in a manner similar to his cut photographs. Park visitors could look through a viewing apparatus lined up with a metal screen from which geometric shapes have been cut. The combination of these two devices gave visitors an altered, abstracted view from the High Line. One of the wonderful experiences the High Line has provided to visitors is a new vista of Manhattan. Similarly, Galpin's artwork offered a novel reconsideration of our surroundings.
This High Line Art Commission is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation . High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Additional support for Viewing Station has been provided by Hales Gallery, London.
About the Artist
Since graduating from Goldsmiths College with an MA in 2001, Richard Galpin has had solo exhibitions at Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis; Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea, Rome; Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo; Roebling Hall, New York; and Hales Gallery, London. Group exhibitions include Under Erasure at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; When it's a Photograph at The Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles; Prints and Drawings: Recent Acquisitions at the British Museum, London; The Photograph in Question, Von Lintel Gallery, New York; Attack: Attraction, Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco; and Looking With/Out at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. His work is included in several public collections including the British Government Art Collection, the British Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He lives and works in London, and is represented by Hales Gallery , London and Galeria Leme , Sao Paulo.
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