Book Review: "SNIK: EPHEMERAL"
Before and during the global pandemic, our friends SNIK in the UK had set out on a series of exhibitions, EPHEMERAL, that displayed the engrossing and all-encompassing nature of their work. We covered Part 1 and Part II on the site, and now, Bio Editions, a new artist-led book publishing company, has launched its first publication SNIK: EPHEMERAL. The 256-page book was launced at a physical event at BSMT Gallery in London this past weekend, and will now see a small number of final available copies due to drop Thursday 14th October at 3pm GMT.
EPHEMERAL PART I was held in London’s Crypt gallery in 2019, filled the dark, cavernous space with fleeting glimpses of life captured in a tangible impermanence. The portraits, based on photographed models in a modern take on pre-raphaelite style, were created using painstakingly hand-cut, multi-layered stencils, sprayed onto paper, wood, metal and framed over light boxes.
The sell-out show’s popularity resulted in the creation of what would become EPHEMERAL PART II, a literally ‘natural’ progression of the series that saw foilage spill across and over the subjects, overwhelmed and overrun by time’s passing. The exhibition itself was opened during lockdown, housed in an undisclosed, dilapidated warehouse space in the north of England, without a single person invited. In a reference to the arts being put on hold during the pandemic, promotional videos and photographs (featured in this book) are the only evidence of the show taking place.
All the editions, including the 750-copy standard hardback run, are printed on 200gsm GalerieArt Satin paper.