Rob Irving
radioUndark. A former X-Ray factory offers an ideal setting to capture an inherently mysterious, invisible presence; for it is haunted by the ghost of radioactivity. A series of hand-coated fluorescent prints taken from negatives found at the site raise the past lives of those that worked here. Various luminosities reflect the commercial use of radium in products such as artists’ paint with lethal consequences, as the malevolence of things that glow in the dark slowly dawned. The apparent innocence of our perception of fluorescence, luminescence and phosphorescence reflects a childish naivety toward the play of atomic reactivity.


Right: Rob Irving
radioUndark, 2003
Cyanotype/Gum Bichromate Print made from a negative found at the X-Ray factory