One of my enquiries from the Royal Academy exhibition got in contact with me, firstly to purchase some prints and then we started to discuss other possibilities. which led to this, an interview on their new site. Their ‘artist’ side of the company aims to purchase from up and coming artists and eventually help with exhibitions and other activities.
we are going to be working together to put on an exhibition, hopefully next year around the new portfolio that im working on called Republic
Something a little different for December. I wouldn’t describe myself as a Landscape photographer so being picked for this one was a bit of a shock, especially after seeing a few of the other exhibitors websites and there are some serious landscapes on there.
But hopefully my print will look OK alongside these and being just before christmas, may even tempt a few buyers as well (image to follow once its mounted)
The exhibition will take place in The Old Library Space at The City Museum and Art Gallery in Foregate Street Worcester from the 7th to 28th December 2013
My Print “Cathode Silence” has been juried into an upcoming exhibition in Portland Oregon, This is very exciting for me because it will be the first time that i will have been exhibited in another country
Metropolis is an new and unusual series of prints or photo-assemblages of industrial machines, now derelict and without real function but still retaining their form and presence, The images have hints of sci-fi and old movie sets where heavy boxes, big dials and brightly coloured buttons betray their real use!
The images are printed on aluminium panels which are firstly ‘treated’ with spray paint, cleaning fluids and sandpaper to give a base which resembles a surface which could have been found in one of the abandoned places where the photographs were taken.
The process has been refined over the last few years, metal and paint shows through the image giving it an industrial feel and each panel is unique, it is not until all the printing and arranging is done that the final image is revealed.
The aluminium panels are combined together to create abstract shapes which stand out on the walls, they vary in size but some are over a meter in width
The prints merged seamlessly to the brickwork, maybe a little too well, it looked as though they were supposed to be there!!
Quite an odd title, which gives the impression of an finality of sorts, and thats kind of what it is. Months and months of work and then all of a sudden, the things that had taken over your life and home have disappeared and are adorning the walls of another.
The house felt quiet and still when i returned last night.
on the positive side though, the prints are now up at the Tobacco Factory and they look really good, just about the right size which i was worried about, just enough in terms of numbers (which i was also worried about) – The metal set aside from the brickwork let them blend as well as stand out which and in such a big space, it was always going to be difficult to get everything to work together.
the opening reception is on Thursday which although i am still a bit nervous about, im confident that it will be a great night
My blog has been neglected a little of late, much like the hoovering in my house, this is mainly because all available floorspace (in my house) has been taken up with metal panels in order to get them ready for exhibition time next week.
The preparation involves all manner of intoxicating chemicals, industrial spray paint, lacquer (thats the varnish and not the drink) and contact adhesive which is especially potent. Ive found myself going out for walks late in the evening to try and clear my head a little, but most of that is done now and its just left to fit the frames together ready for hanging.
The press releases went out and nice printed cards which have met with very little success, it always surprises me how difficult it is to get any engagement from arty folk, its probably half due to my lack of experience with marketing, something that I have always found difficult and probably due to the amount of stuff that get sent out to people, Still – I hope they were responsibly recycled. In contrast to the tumbleweeds from some of the galleries, there has been some really positive responses which really makes all of it worth it and I think that the opening night is gearing up to be a very interesting night.
The opening reception is next Thursday (5th September) at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol and I will be there to show and answer questions about the work.