After a considerable amount of research, Butler later discovered that the scene depicted in the photograph of the factory was taken while the workers engaged in a race to produce the portraits. Furthermore, he discovered the identity of the bearded man and a wonderful counterpoint was activated. The identity of the bearded man in the painting is believed to be that of Vladimir Stasov, the infamous Russian Minister for Culture. The context in which Stasov is being depicted was contrary to his beliefs, leaving us with a lingering question; Was this the intention of the competition organisers? On a very intimate level, these paintings play with our expectation of the production of culture and our ideas around the originality of the 'artwork'.
John Molloy, a photographer based in Dublin, has produced a number of daguerreotype prints . Daguerreotypes are a very rarefied form of photography. The process is lengthy, meticulous, and the result could be described as being metallic or holographic in quality.
Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerreotype process, made his first print from a view looking out through his studio window (L'Atelier de l'artiste 1837). One hundred and seventy three years later, John Malloy makes his first daguerreotype print. The print shows a view looking through that very same window, but looking into Louis Daguerre's studio. There is a conscious acknowledgment of the origins of this technique and one that carries it's inventors name. Through a sense of continuity evoked in the act, Molloy presents a wonderful dialogue in this work.
The artists participating in PERIPHERIES 2012 ART BY PROXY are from diverging practices.