Metro is always delighted to support students and is involved with various universities across the country offering not only practical portfolio advise and in lab visits but also useful and productive competitions often featuring tailored individual mentor programmes.
We were thrilled therefore when John Rogers a student at Goldsmiths College came to us for print advise and production work for his new body of work ‘Photostructure’ which is now on show at the Goldsmiths Fine Art and Art History Degree Show.
John Rogers works under the brand name Durbin Lewis Ltd, seeing the art brand as a contemporary operation that chooses not to situate art as the manifestation of one individual but as a considered aesthetic and conceptual output. The work is often sculpturally focused and, stemming from his background in antiques, aims to address the complicated system of 'value' that exists in the material world when assessing the worth or worthlessness of objects. The recent use of photography is drawn upon its long understood archival and documentary nature, where the object may be damaged or destroyed but its image can remain. Also following the thoughts of Julian Stallabass that photography can both create and reveal the false projections of uniqueness and materiality in commodities, in that "when objects finally cease to be of commercial use, these qualities are realized and released."
Metro has produced three prints for Photostructure featuring images of vintage style music playing devices, all produced as digital c-type prints which have been mounted to aluminium. John Rogers comments; "'Working with Metro gave me the confidence to know that I was receiving the best advice on how to produce my images with the benefit of doing everything in-house, from drum scanning the negatives to being be advised on the satin seal. The consultations made a massive difference with friendly advice on the best editing options and viewing test prints of my images beforehand. I felt like I knew exactly what was going into my work at each stage to achieve the images I required."