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Susan Derges

Rivers

April 30 – June 24, 2022

The Streens Alder 1, 2020, 67 x 24 inches

The Streens Alder 1, 2020

67 x 24 inches

Fujicolor crystal archive print

Edition 1 of 2 

Signed on adhesive signature label

The Streens Alder (Gold), 2020, 67 x 24 inches

The Streens Alder (Gold), 2020

67 x 24 inches

Fujicolor crystal archive print

Edition 2 of 2

Signed on adhesive signature label

River Taw Blackthorn 2020, 67 x 25.4 inches

River Taw Blackthorn 2020

67 x 25.4 inches

Fujicolor crystal archive print

Edition 1 of 2

Signed on adhesive signature label

River Taw Hawthorn, 2020, 51 x 24 inches

River Taw Hawthorn, 2020

51 x 24 inches

Fujicolor crystal archive print

Edition 1 of 2

Signed on adhesive gallery label

Star Field Reeds, 2008, 66 x 24 inches

Star Field Reeds, 2008

66 x 24 inches

Unique Cibachrome Print

Signed on adhesive signature label

Star Field Bracken, 2003, 66 x 24 inches

Star Field Bracken, 2003

66 x 24 inches

Unique Cibachrome Print

Signed on adhesive signature label

Star Field Cypress, 2003, 66 x 24 inches

Star Field Cypress, 2003

66 x 24 inches

Unique Cibachrome Print

Signed on adhesive signature label

Star Field Gorse, 2003, 66 x 24 inches

Star Field Gorse, 2003

66 x 24 inches

Unique Cibachrome Print

Signed on adhesive signature label

Entrance, 2013, 60 x 39 inches

Entrance, 2013

60 x 39 inches

Digital c-print

Artist Proof 2 of 2 after a sold out edition of 3

Signed on adhesive gallery label

Holly Bridge, 2013 , 64 x 34 inches

Holly Bridge, 2013 

64 x 34 inches

Digital c-print

Artist Proof 1 of 2 after a sold out edition of 3

Signed on adhesive gallery label

Rowan Bridge, 2013, 60 x 36 inches

Rowan Bridge, 2013

60 x 36 inches

Digital c-print

Edition 1 of 3

Signed on adhesive gallery label

Roawn Brook 3, 2013, 30 x 19 inches

Roawn Brook 3, 2013

30 x 19 inches

Digital c-print 

Ediiton 4 of 9 

Signed on adhesive gallery label

Rowan Cloud, 2012, 48 x 33.25 inches

Rowan Cloud, 2012

48 x 33.25 inches

Digital c-print

Edition 3 of 5

Signed on adhesive gallery label

Eden 2, 2004, 45 x 75 inches

Eden 2, 2004

45 x 75 inches

Lambda Print

Edition 6 of 8 

Signed on adhesive gallery label

Press Release

Susan Derges

The River Taw “Restored” and other works.

April 30 – June 24, 2022.

Susan Derges (born 1955) lives and works on Dartmoor in the south west corner of England. A key member of the British movement that saw a revival of the photogram in the 90s, Derges took cameraless photography to new and unexpected places with a freshness of scale, color, and concept.

Danziger Gallery is pleased to present a selection of Susan Derges’ work concerning the relationship between photography, water, and the environment. Perhaps best known for her photograms capturing the continuous movement of river water and plant life by immersing photographic paper directly into rivers at night and flashing the paper with a strobe light, Derges has taken photography’s earliest origins into the realms of contemporary art. For over four decades she has consistently found new ways to express her personal preoccupations with both nature and photography in a constantly evolving body of compelling, diverse imagery.

This show marks the first American presentation of Derges’ “Restored” River Taw photographs along with three other series which evolved from the original 1997 River Taw work - Eden (2005), Star Field (2008), and Bridge (2013). In each of these series Derges is increasingly involved in the making and composition of the final image taking the insights from the earliest work into and out of the studio.

A note on the River Taw “Restored” work. With no camera or negative, each original piece was unique and the work was quickly sold to museums and collectors until there were none left - except the few where a stone had scratched the emulsion, or where some mishap occurred in the processing of the delicate cibachrome paper. Stored and rolled up in Susan’s studio they were orphaned works until the advent of high resolution digital scanning and printing offered the possibility of flawless restoration. This technology allowed for the exhibition of these important images, creating flawless prints of vibrant clarity. Printed in editions of 2, three of these works will be available along with ten other pieces from Derges’ subsequent series.

Susan Derges' work is in the collection of museums around the world including The Getty, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; and The Hara Art Museum, Tokyo among many others.