‘Antares & Love X’ – A signed, limited edition digital print with silkscreen glazes in matt and high gloss UV by British artist Joe Webb. Printed at Coriander Studio, published by CCA Galleries.
‘Antares & Love X’ is another of Webb’s distinct collage-based works featuring images sourced from vintage magazines and adverts, with only two or three elements per composition. The ‘Antares and Love’ series presents glamourous golden-age-of-Hollywood-type women in amorous poses with male figures suggested only in silhouette. The artist creates a vacant space where the romantic hero should be; using collage technique to define that empty space by pattern or texture-in this case a starry night sky. The series drips with old-fashioned romance, but also poses some interesting questions: are these men merely daydream fantasies? Is the artist suggesting that men are simply ciphers to female beauty? Is the absent lover in fact suggestive of the hopelessness incompatibility of male and female outlook? Or is the ‘dream lover’ a remembrance of someone loved and lost?