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Bringing together art and language Voss builds one-word calligraphic signs, sites them within grand natural landscapes and photographs them as part of the scenery. Each three dimensional word acts as an accomplice or a foil to the image. He chooses words that are multivalent, meaning at once a measurement, an activity or an attribute (such as Mine or Long). The resulting photographs are then made into large-scale images that take the form of wallpaper or canvas-like romantic backdrops. This image features a chunk of an ice that has become detached from a giant iceberg and landed on an Icelandic beach – the word ‘cross’ evokes the sense of its passage. This work has now been included in the Government Art Collection.
Born in 1960, Voss studied at Maidstone College of Art and Goldsmiths College. He has had solo exhibitions at Matt’s Gallery, London, Dilston Grove, London; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Bluecoat, Liverpool. Recent group exhibitions include BALTIC 39, Newcastle; Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London, Bloomberg Space, London and the 50th Venice Biennale. Voss is represneted by Matt’s Gallery, London and has work in the Government Collection, Arts Council England, Penguin Books and The Aspen Collection of Contemporary Art.