Catherine Yass

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'Photographer Catherine Yass's best shot', an interview by Sarah Philips for The Guardian. Read full article.

Read Q&A with DLWP curator Jane Won from The Aesthetica Blog.

Catherine Yass is a leading contemporary photographer and film-maker whose work captures the psychological impact of architectural space. This exhibition presents her new and recent work from the last decade.

A new film Lighthouse (2011) is of the Royal Sovereign Lighthouse situated five miles out to sea, just visible from the Pavilion. Yass is fascinated by the structure of this unoccupied lighthouse, balanced precariously on the corner of a square platform, which is in turn balanced on a single concrete post. Lighthouse reflects the nature of the structure as the camera – placed on a helicopter, boat and with a diving team – slowly moves up, down and around the platform and into the sea, disrupting the viewers’ spatial order and boundaries.

Installation view, Lighthouse (east) 2011.

Descent (2002) takes the viewer at a disorientating slow pace via a camera which is lowered by a crane on the side of a high rise structure in a Canary Wharf construction site. The camera frames are rotated by 180 degrees to invert the viewer’s sense of gravity.

Lock (2006) is filmed from a tanker on its slow passage through the gates of a colossal lock on the Yangtze River in the heart of industrial China. Forward and backward views are simultaneously projected on opposite walls from floor to ceiling giving a physical experience of cinematic space.

Installation view, Gallery 1.

Installation view, Gallery 1.

Sleep (2005-8) and Decommissioned (2010) are some of her recent photographic works presented in Gallery 1. These light boxes adopt Yass’s signature technique of overlaying negative and positive transparencies, which results in intense, electrifying colours that transport the physical space to that of the psychological or ethereal.

Lighthouse is a new film commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion.

Installation view, Gallery 1.

Limited Edition Print
To celebrate her exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, Catherine Yass has released Lighthouse as an exclusive print edition.

Catherine Yass Lighthouse (east), 2011
Photographic print in Lucia Pigment ink on archival Hannemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm paper
Image size 45 x 35.7 cm
Paper size 60.5 x 50.8 cm
£250. Edition of 60. Signed & numbered by the artist. 
* Please note that Lucia Pigment ink has the highest archival ratings. Combined with the Hannemuhle Photo Rag 308 gsm paper used, typical archival time is 80-95 years provided storage and handling is correct.

Sovereign Lighthouse Boat Trips - SOLD OUT
Members were offered the chance to join a dramatic trip on an RIB powerboat to the Sovereign Lighthouse, followed by high tea and a curator’s exhibition tour. To become a member of DLWP please call 01424 229 118 or visit

Catherine Yass (b. London, UK, 1963) trained at the Slade School of Art, London, the Hochschüle der Künste, Berlin, and Goldsmiths College, London. Important recent solo exhibitions include High Wire (commissioned by Artangel and Gi Festival, exhibition Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, and The Gymnaseum, London, 2008); Descent (St. Louis Art Museum, MO, 2009); and The China Series (Stedelijk Museum, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands). Public collections include the V&A, Tate and Arts Council Collection. She lives and works in London and is represented by Alison Jacques Gallery. 

Sat 25 Jun 2011-
Sun 4 Sep 2011

Tickets: Free entry

Booking & Information:
01424 229 111
The work of Catherine Yass including a new film commission of the Royal Sovereign Lighthouse.
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