Exhibition: I Keep My Expression in My Nose 27/10/16
65 Ridley Rd, London E8 2NP
Private view evening is the 27th October 6 – 9pm
Birtles creates a visual itch, by putting in tension photography’s flatness with a visceral punch. The artist critiques the assumptions of photography as a valiant and true recording of reality. Touching on the mediums failed promise and sensorial shortcoming. Birtles work pre-existed the numerous present dialogues concerning image manipulation.
Sculptural props are created from clay or inflatables for the photographs these are covered in expressionistic gloopy paint or dense all over graffiti asserting highly tactile qualities. The images then undergo a series of flattening via multiple re-photographing of these sculptural props. Highlighting the inherent loss of the images information. Jarring repetitions and Mis-registrations of overlaid images frustrate, until it is realised, this effect is anticipated. Re-entering and re-colonizing affective modes and sensorial pay off promised by advertising.
Through these props Birtles engages in the language of abstract expressionists, yet critically takes a detached sidestep and elimination of the intense romantic drives of the Americans artists.
Holly Birtles is a photography lecturer at the University Centre Farnborough. She received her Masters from The Slade School of Art, and graduated from Westminster University’s Photography BA.
MA Photojournalism alumnus Jason Larkin is now showing at Flowers Gallery
Jason Larkin Past Perfect
Centred around questions of authenticity and the representation of collective histories, Past Perfect (2008 – 2016), is a new series of photographs by British photographer Jason Larkin, highlighting the visual presentation of war and conflict within public museums around the world.
pic.london is a not-for-profit photo festival that is initiated, led and run by artists and photographers, launching its first edition this autumn.
It aspires to support emerging artists and engage the public in thinking about photography.
Fun, accessible, and intellectually inspiring.
1st Opening Thursday 26th October at Gallery SO
This exhibition seeks to explore the scope and scale of visual intrusion in our everyday lives through photographic and mixed media work from emerging artists.
We live in a society that has a CCTV camera on every street corner and a camera-phone in every pocket. Yet intrusion can be as overt as unwanted snapshots […]