Multiple Working (1997)
About this artwork
This was the first screenprint the artist had ever made. Inspired by the Almond’s boyhood hobby of train-spotting, it also relates to a series of work in which Almond commissioned British Rail to make nameplates of his own name in the same styles as the plaques found on the 125 inter-city train. This type of train has a diesel locomotive at each end and is called a ‘multiple coupling’. The title of the print also references the nature of the work, as a multiple print. This work is from a portfolio of prints by eleven different London-based artists, called ‘Screen’. The title is taken from the screenprint technique but also refers to the fact that most of the artists had worked with film or photography.
Darren Almond’s art concerns time and journeys. This interest dates back to his youth, when he was a train-spotter and travelled widely throughout Britain by train. Amongst Almond’s early work is a series of nameplates in cast aluminium, made in imitation of the plaques on British 125 inter-city trains, as well as an enormous digital clock in which the numbers flip over with a heavy click. Other work has concerned the bus stop at Auschwitz and the personal memories of his grandmother. Almond was born in Wigan and studied at Winchester School of Art. He works in a variety of media, including installation, film, photography, sculpture and print. In 2005 he was nominated for the Turner Prize.