'High and Low - Naples and Scarborough' - A signed, limited edition lithographic print by Chris Orr.
"In 2019 I travelled to Naples and Scarborough with the idea of making some work. Long lodged in my brain had been the 1963 film “Hands over the City” by Francesco Rosi and the Japanese film “High and Low” by Akira Kurosawa also made in 1963. Both suggest a link between the geography of a place and the nature of corruption. But this is not “High” good and “Low” bad, the tentacles of nastiness twist and turn at all levels. The elevated Grand Hotel in Scarborough was once, as it’s name indicates Grand, lording it over the sands thronged with day trippers, but it is now a bit of a Turkey. When I visited you could get Bed and Breakfast there for just £25.The building was falling to pieces. Naples is dominated by the volcanoes Vesuvius and the higher locations of the city are just as vulnerable as the lower slums.
I had also in my mind also the posters Railway companies put up to attract visitors, sometimes with ambiguous messages “Come to Filey. It’s so bracing”. Possibly meaning it was damn cold. The speedboat seems thrilling, but I have to point out that it cost £10 per person for just a 5 minute ride.
When I was in Naples I wanted some watercolour paint. At the Art Shop they professed ignorance of the colour Naples Yellow offering Yellow Ochre instead. However, Naples is a city of walls painted what I would call Naples Yellow".