Edward Dimsdale’s (b. 1965) Stilled is a wonderfully mysterious newspaper: printed in the classic broadsheet format, there is no text or explanation, or even the artist’s name to be found in the paper itself, only twenty-four elegant full-bleed images. The effect is very subtle, and that effect does not tell a story: it evokes a mood. The work is more reminiscent of the great art and literary traditions of East Asia than their Trans-Atlantic equivalents.
Dimsdale, a master printmaker, uses series of paper inter-negatives here to produce suggestive, grainy black-and-white images, and the low contrast of the printing process enhances the ethereal quality of the work. Stilled is not a narrative, it is a way of being.