Some self-promotion with the first post back since Summer. We've curated a group show of many of the interesting, brave and visionary photographers whose work we've looked at, admired and written about on here over the last couple of years. It opens at Brancolini Grimaldi gallery in Mayfair next Friday, September 14th. So if you like the work covered on this blog, go and take a look.In the work of Jessica Eaton and Fleur van Dodewaard, it is the properties of image-making itself that are being explored and experimented with. Jessica Eaton’s striking abstract work includes homages to the work of Joseph Albers and Sol Le Witt using studio-based photography which plays with colour and form. Recording tones and shades rather than objects, her work is almost a record of pure technique. Fleur van Dodewaard similarly references the image-making process itself rather than the objects she photographs. Like Eaton, she creates images which are concerned with material, shape and colour rather than any fixed reality, and instead question the nature of photography and perception.
Steeped in the process of photography and versed in the psychology of the medium, the image makers in the exhibition are exploring angst, neuroses, notions of fragility and identity, perception and the subjectivity of photography itself. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds, from fashion and still life to complex conceptual work, their work defying simple categorization. Despite the diversity of their practice, shared interests emerge and the conventional boundaries of photography are challenged and played with. Clare Strand’s Exquisite Corpse re-imagines the fashion shoot as a macabre mediation on surrealism and mutilation. Appropriation also plays a major role in Nicole Belle’s Rev Sanchez series which uses negatives found in a thrift store featuring adolescents posing in a park. On closer inspection, it becomes apparent the artist has doubled, tripled or quadrupled each young person in different poses creating enigmatic portraits.
Together these artists are exploring the world and the medium of photography in bold and experimental ways, and we think they represent some of the most interesting talent working today. What emerges is a twisted, sometimes apocalyptic vision of a world that has slipped on its axis revealing something dark, disquieting and not yet fully formed.
There's something happening here.
A few teasers from the show. For more information see www.brancolinigrimaldi.com