Friday, 6 September 2013

3,2,1 & they're gone! 1 day left, 2 days left & 3 days left, catch these while you can!

I have planned your schedule, so relax sit back & read the instructions below for a perfect photographic trio to tantalise your eyeballs over the next 3 days!


L A Noble Gallery : 'Summer Salon'

Venue: Maybe A Vole, 51King Henry's Walk, London, N1 4NH

So my dear readers, it's your last chance to see the amazing 'Summer Salon' at L A Noble Gallery, featuring 31 photographic works for your enjoyment!

Here is one of the very talented artists Kate Owens whose new works are exquisite & all unique. Her detailed drawings on each image are so delicate it takes time to distinguish the printed ink from the applied ink. Measuring 25cm square each framed they are the smallest works in the show - great things come in small packages! 

Here discussing Chris's work...pre-hang.From left to right, the inimitable Robert D. Phillips, with the fabulous Chris Steele Perkins & mighty Robert Clayton

Here is a much better picture of Robert Clayton with his work from the 'Lion Farm Estate' series. Watch this space for more about the series in forthcoming posts...

It is such a pleasure to walk into this space, I shall miss the show as I do every one I curate. 

From left to right works by Kate Owens, Philipp Wülfing, Chris Steele Perkins, Anne Leigniel & Herb Schmitz

This stunning image by Philipp Wülfing is from his extraordinary series, 'Alzheimer's' in which he recreated still life's of things which his late mother did during the latter stages of the illness which we still have no cure. In this case when a gift of roses was received she wrapped some so that they 'would not get broken'. This touching surreal scene reveals much about the confusion of the illness as it does his own tender memories of his mother. See the rest of the series here

From left to right: Helén Petersen: Truly stunning work which when you realise that she hand prints these silver gelatin wonders. This large work took a full day in her darkroom & well worth it! 

Colin Coutts' 'Disruptus Digitalis' series literally display the stolen, chewed gloves that have been deposited back into his garden by pesky foxes - literally foxgloves! Printed on metallic paper the images refract the light back at you in the darkness as a foxes eyes do when glinting in the night. 

Robert Clayton's intimate still life complete with sugar bowl & radio are just as he found them in a resident of Harry Price House proudly welcomed her kitchen to be photographed boasting all its original 1962 fittings. I think we call that retro or vintage now, but even then it was beautiful & still as appealing to admire today.  
Brittain Bright's, 'Spirit Collection' works are hauntingly beautiful - with a different kind of floral theme - this time suspended in glass jars at Kew's herbarium. 

Herb Schmitz's 'Cracked Doll' has drawn much attention with his attention to detail, even using David Bowies makeup artist to create the crack that runs across her porcelain white skin. This is pre-Photoshop stuff, fantastic! 

Then Yvonne De Rosa's intimate 'Wish List' works are magical. Dragonflies mate forming a heart shape with their bodies, truly a once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Here we have the colourful (love her coat) Anne Leigniel with 2 works from her 'Artist's Rags' series. I am so thrilled that one of my own rags has recently been photographed by her. I feel another blog post coming....

So what are you waiting for, come to latest L A Noble Gallery venue Maybe A Vole & see it Saturday 7th Sept!!


Sunday's photo fix:

Venue: The Wapping Project Bankside 65a Hopton Street, London SE1 9LR

The prize also raises money for younger women with Breast Cancer, so show your support & visit this on Sunday.

Here are some pics from last night's awards...

Lovely friend & fellow blogger Miranda Gavin wore the best hat of the night, full of summer sunshine. 

The very glamorous (& tall) Penny Lancaster, (a photographer & model) speaks to the crowd.

Miranda & Chis converse...

 The very hot (heat hot - it was boiling) crowd listen...

My glamorous assistant's - well current & past assistants - Katherine Leedale who will be coming with me to the Unseen Photo Fair  (more about it in later posts) & Gabrielle Brooks who now works at Genesis & writes their blog will also be attending the fair. 

Here is just a tiny selection of images from the exhibit which I was reviewing portfolio's at today & was happy to attend the awards last night. A great show with a lot to see at The Wapping Project Bankside, just a few minutes walk from Southwalk tube, so why not drop by? I'm sure it is not the last you will see of these photographers whose works are printed by the wonderful guys at Genesis Imaging

 ©Mirjina Vrbaski, ©Kate Peters

 ©Jackson Patterson, ©Lorenzo Vitturi

 ©Bryan Schutmaat, ©Hanna Putz

©Arnis Balcus, ©Kate Peters

'MAPS' Venue:
Ambika P3 Gallery, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

On my way home from ‘MAPS’ (MA in Photography Studies) at Ambika P3 the University Of Westminster I felt compelled to write down my immediate impressions, so after my scrawls on the tube my intern Ben managed to decipher my notes so I thank him for that.

Due to my blog-pride I have added much more - as 20 minutes was not enough time to go into any sort of detail…….

Here are a few notables to whet your appetite...

 Peer close ..
Johanna Ward's display

I was enchanted from the outset by Johanna's images & even more so - when after attending a salon at the gallery - she gave me a sneak peek at her stunning boxed set of books that she had collected from the Wyvern bindery earlier that day. The hand made concertina pages stretched across the floating shelves are riveting viewing.

The series 'I shall say goodbye with my strengthening love for you, forever and ever' depict numerous images which dance gracefully across the paper unfolding a story of love & loss thereof (in this case her parents love, marriage & divorce) connect with the bigger picture, namely the planet. She successfully manages to entwine the concepts of decay & damage both literally & metaphorically. If someone told me that I would fall in love with 2 photographs of a skinned deer I would have laughed. But I do! I love this work, what can else can I say? I won't say any more (just yet), you just have to go & see it for yourselves...

Her work reminds me of one of the principles of the Tao De Ching (or Laozi) that we must yield to overcome - namely water will wear away the largest rock over time. The gentle line that passes from one print to the next display great restraint - a rare thing these days.

Her reactions to London perceive the claustrophobic nature of the city with a psycho-geographical twist in black & white.

Beatriz Perez with her work
Perez shows "a circularity where women are ‘sold back’ to themselves" in glossy red, like the magazine pages which entice us to believe the unrealistic hype which surrounds the female form in the media. Her critique through female body parts seduce & scare in equal measure. 

So there is your weekend & an art skive Monday planned, now go forth & enjoy! If you can't skive do more than one a day! Voila, now you have no excuse...

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