East London, Exhibitions, Photography

Exhibition Update

Two of my images are currently on show in the 2018 LIP Annual Exhibition which runs from today, October 2nd until the 7th at the Espacio gallery in Bethnal Green Road, East London.

Both images come from a set I have been making around ephemeral and temporary shelters and occupations by homeless people in the borders between hackney Tower Hamlets and the City in East London. An area challenged by increasing disparities in both wealth and lifestyle.

Art, East London, Exhibitions, Hackney Road, Photography

Exhibition: LIP Annual 2018

I have had a couple of images from my ongoing Hackney Road series selected to be shown in this years LIP Annual Exhibition at the Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green Road. The Exhibition runs from the 2nd to the 7th of October 2018. Opening hours as follows: Tue 2 – Sat 6 October 1-7pm; Sun 7 1-5pm. The Venue is 5 minutes from brick lane, walking east and ten minutes from Shoreditch High Street the 8 & 388 bus routes also run past Espacio.

Exhibitions, Review

08.05.14 -> Deutsche Börse Prize Exhibition

A short wordy post  – I got to this years Deutsche Börse Prize exhibition exhibition for the second time and wanted to jot down a few thoughts.. I’m really a colourist at heart, Saul Leiter, Alex Webb and William Eggleston speak to me in ways that Cartier-Bresson never will. Perhaps because of this I’m not sure I managed to properly connect with any of the work this year. Yes I know that Richard Mosse’s project is dominated by colour, but it’s every bit as unreal to me as black and white because the colours he achieves are defined by the medium – infra red film – and not how the human eye perceives colour.

Which leads me on to what I felt was a defining motif of the work on show – each photographers work was defined by the medium of film. This seems to be a follow on from John Stezeaker’s win last year, where the use of archive materials was core to his practice. The strongest Echo of last year’s winner is in the work of Lorna Simpson who rephotographed / reinterpreted a series of found images.

As an exhibition it must have been problematic to hang, as there are only two galleries available. That means that one of the three sets of black & white  images was always going to be in visual contrast to the huge and colourful images of Mosse. I think the curators got it right by going for the one which is most different – Simpson’s wall of small snapshot sized prints.

On the lower floor of the show are Alberto García-Alix and Jochen Lempert. we first encounter García-Alix’ series of self portraits, some of these are fine images and, viewed as set, we begin to get a feel of his progress through life, from a young man on a motor bike to middle age. Lempert’s work is a mixed bag, gain there are some individually strong images. He is nominated for what may have been a retrospective show in his native Germany, and I get the sense that you may need to be aware of the work and his history to get the full benefit from the show.

Mosse’s series is the most visually  striking, but I consider the visual shock value of the work isn’t quite enough. Simpson’s work addresses issues (racial and gender) in a way that García-Alix’ more personal work doesn’t appear to and I don’t quite ‘get’ Lempert’s work. In my view then, based on what I’ve seen Simpson is my favourite for the award.