Joanne Dugan, Multiples 25, Grid #21, New York City

June 19, 2020
Joanne Dugan
Multiples 25, Grid #21, New York City, 2018
Collage of 25 silver gelatin photograms
50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 inches)
Edition of three variants 

£ 4,980 framed including VAT of 20% where applicable + delivery



10% of all sales will be donated to Hospital Rooms, a charity bringing art and arts programmes to mental health facilities within the UK.



Working with analogue silver gelatin prints, Joanne Dugan creates unique works by hand using traditional photographic tools and processes, often without the use of a camera. Multiples are printed, cut and assembled by hand - the physical print is both the subject and the object in Dugan's work.


The artist utilises a slow and methodical approach to rendering a work, a purposeful response to the fastpaced world of digital photography and technological advancement. Dugan brings a meditative practice to the making of her works, where the creation and assembly of the finished pieces involves repetitive movements and intricate hand-cutting techniques. The assembled grids of the Multiples series, where one frame in each composition stands out as different from the others, is meant to symbolise the flash of insight that occurs through meditation. In Buddhist practice this awakening is called Satori, or enlightenment. Within the Meditations series, Dugan extends this practice of hand cutting and creating re-assembled works with a greater intricacy and allows a more informal arrangement of the assembled prints. The resulting compositions directly reference and reinterpret the rudimentary analogue darkroom objects that aided in the very creation of the works. 



10% of all Black Box Projects sales will be donated to Hospital Rooms, a London-based charity championing the healing power of art by commissioning world-class artists to create permanent site-specific art installations and art programmes for secure mental health facilities in the NHS service.