Feature: Richard Caldicott
Since the artist’s acclaimed series featuring Tupperware in the 1990s, Richard Caldicott has continually challenged photographic codes of representation in favor of new aesthetic and symbolic intentions. Employing traditional analog photography methods, Caldicott imbues his minimalist set of components with rich, vibrant colour. The result is stunningly beautiful abstract work that is both self-contained and part of a larger dialogue, with nods to iconic minimalism, Colour Field paintings, and pop re-appropriation.
Sir Elton John, a very passionate art collector who owns one of the large largest photography collections in the world, said about Caldicott: "His work immediately became an important part of my collection. I have added pieces to my collection from each series that has been exhibited worldwide. Richard has the unique ability to transform the medium of photography, creating something new, but still using the most traditional technique. Richard is one of those artists who elevates photography to an important and recognized form of contemporary expression".
Although he is most well known for his photographs comprised of specific arrangements of Tupperware containers—Caldicott’s Tape Drawings, Envelope drawings, and ink-jet prints are inextricably linked through their minimal aesthetic and focus.
This simplistic procedure explored in Caldicott’s drawings open up the possibility for infinite progression and continued exploration. Unlike Caldicott’s photographs, which rely on transparency and saturation, the works on paper possess the freedom to delve into the interplay between space, form, and colour, naturally resulting in larger bodies of work.