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Wavey Things

An awesome friend of mine is exhibiting her clay hip hop stars along with some super cool skate decks and customised clothing.

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I went along to the private view and was blown away by the variety of skills on display. You can go and visit today and tomorrow if you’re in Dalston, London it’s showing at Doomed Gallery on Ridley Road, Saturday 1st October 12-8 pm, Sunday 2nd October 12-8 pm.

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Bans is an extremely talented illustrator who’s work is for sale at insanely good prices. This is actually affordable art, it won’t be for long.

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EUppreciation

I was visiting a friend in Paris when the verdict of the EU referendum was announced (Don’t worry I did my postal vote weeks before).

Feeling completely mortified by what had happened we walked the beautiful streets of Paris. A sense of loss or mourning struck me as we walked around, looking at streets that perhaps my own children will not be so free to step on.

With this sadness came appreciation, even if it is now only for the next two years, appreciation for what we have, the freedom to visit such beautiful cities and cultures with such ease.

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I can’t know that those that voted leave will or won’t regret the choice they made, but I can know that I will try my best to stay optimistic and hopeful, that us 48% remainers won’t forget our reasons for voting, and will strive to keep those values alive and at the forefront of our politics.

 

 

Déjà vu

After an incredible amount of planning and hard labour my MA final exhibition is finally here!
I collected my final prints from Spectrum on Friday and they were hanging on the walls (thanks to the fantastic technicians from Brighton uni!) by 11am.
It was with incredible relief that I stood back and looked at my work.
Then began the nerves, wondering what everyone else will think!

Our Private view is THIS Friday the 14th of September!
The exhibition runs till the following Friday the 21st of September

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Take a look on our website to read about all the photographers (including me) that are taking part, we have all worked so hard for this and I am so grateful to all the other photographers on my course.

We have had huge support for our exhibition and are so grateful to everyone for their help throughout.

Check out some of the people who have taken the time to share our work with others.

It would be wonderful to see you there!

Pecha Kucha

On my MA we have have been offered the opportunity to take part in a Pecha Kucha presentation evening that will be taking place in Brighton on Wednesday 9th May at The Old Market in Brighton.

For those of you who aren’t sure what I am talking about when I say Pecha Kucha, I will explain. It was something terrifyingly introduced to me when I started my MA as a way of us all introducing ourselves on our first day!

The format of Pecha Kucha goes like this- It is a 20×20 format, you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images you choose for your presentation automatically move on after 20 seconds and you speak (fluidly and interestingly of course) along with each image.

Here is one I found on their website which is a clever and funny canadian artist-
This presentation was presented by Diana Thorneycroft at Winnipeg #7.

So all of us on the MA that are graduating this year are taking part, 15 in total, all giving a presentation on our work and inspirations and anything that has helped us along the way.

I am going to be speaking about my current work, which is exciting but extremely nerve wracking as I haven’t shown many people it at all, (not even on here!) so it will be pretty scary.

I am going to post some of my new work on here before the 9th of May event. So if once you see it, it poses any questions to you that you think would be interesting to answer in my presentation, they would be fantastic to hear!

The event has been organised by an extremely nice man called Jim Stephenson.
He runs photography focused talks and events in Brighton called miniclick, take a look!

http://blog.clickclickjim.com/category/miniclick/
This is link is to the page that is all about our night so it tells you a little about each of us and anything I have forgotten to say will most likely be covered there, you can look back at past events as well as future.

If you happen to be in Brighton on that date, please do come along if you like the sound of it.
You can get a ticket here from TheOldMarket website.

I think it’s going to be really interesting and inspiring to watch everyone talk.
What would you do spend your 6 minutes and 40 seconds talking about?

MAP6

I started my MA in September, I chose to do the course full time, but there is a part time option and we are working alongside those who started part time last year and are now in their second year of the course and will be graduating when we do.
In order to get to know everyone we have all talked about and showed our work to eachother.

A selection of 6 students from last year all found a common ground in their work, which was the relationship between people and place. Their work complemented each others so well infact that they are currently exhibiting in East London as part of Photomonth. That exhibition is called…


For those of you able to get to London I recommend you go and take a look at this exhibition and whilst your in the East End, have a look and all the other photography exhibitions going on. You might as well make a day of it!

Here is a small selection of their photography.

Mitch Karunaratne 'After London'

Mitch: “This series focuses on the plotland development of Canvey Island. Canvey is sturdy, self-built and sinking; approximately 12 inches a century. It’s history of non-conformity, it’s geographical isolation and it’s precarious future, all contribute to its continued isolation and uniqueness. Individual liberty, community and diverse ways of living that have weathered the test of time ensure Canvey continues to teach us about the future of our towns. Throughout the island there is a sense of past lives and ways of doing things that haunt, giving rise to layered meaning and visual pleasures.”

Paul Walsh 'Between Man and Sea'

Paul: “With this series of photographs I attempt to capture quiet moments that illustrate the melancholic and introspective nature of this particular coastal area. I also strive to document my personal journey along the coast as a way of helping me to express and come to terms with my own feelings of aloneness and separation.”

Laurie Griffiths 'The Cryosphere'

Laurie: “These pictures exhibited at the MAP6 Coordinate exhibition, are new pieces shot in 2011 and feature in the forthcoming release of Griffiths’ first book from The Cryospherec– The Last Run. In this body of work, Griffiths explores how man has occupied these vast, frozen spaces in pursuit of leisure and personal challenge. From the frozen lakes of northern Scandinavia to the ski destination of the French Alps, Griffiths has pictured landscapes that are defined by the conspicuous presence of man. Pictures that convey the fragile relationship and ultimate struggle between those who honour the Natural grandeur of these expanses and their relationship as a race, with their demise.”

David Sterry '21st Century Towns Project'

David: “My current project is situated along the River Thames, running from the City in the west to Thamesmead in the east; one a symbol of 21st century global commerce and the other a 1960’s concrete vision of a 21st century new town living. The river, in fact and as a metaphor, offers numerous possibilities to develop a narrative around memory, life and death and times’ passage. I have chosen to use the river as an axis, both in the literal sense and as a measure of change. I present here a small part of a body of work, still a work in progress, that tracks through a number of intersections along its course to gauge the impact of cultural, social and environmental change on the imprint of the 21st century towns that inhabit its banks.”

Chloe Lelliott 'Same As It Never Was'

Chloe: “Same As It Never Was shows a landscape of memories mapped through a fictitious world. Fragments of a story spill out in a disjointed rhythm; with no clear path of cause and effect we are left with uncertainty and asked to experience them intuitively. We see glimpses of a narrative and images act as co-ordinates to a boundless whole, left open to possibilities.”

Heather Shuker 'The art of smoking'.

Heather: ‘The Art of Smoking Public smoking – once a common socially accepted activity – is becoming increasingly marginalised and pushed underground, and, with further legislation inevitable, the activity will soon be relegated to history.In this first series on pavement smoking, the photographs document the often covert act of public smoking, seeking to highlight the gestures around the communal and private moments of this activity.”

Private view Thursday 27th October.
Exhibition open Tuesday 25th October to Monday 31st October.
I hope you all find the work as interesting as I do!

Nancy Holt

I have very recently been looking at land art. The majority of land art is on a large scale and is hugely impressive even if you don’t particularly like the work.

An artist who’s work stood out to me because of it’s simplicity and beauty was the work of Nancy Holt called ‘Sun Tunnels’.
The tunnels are installed in the Great Basin Dessert, in Utah.

She placed the four concrete tubes in specific locations to be oriented with the sun in certain positions.

Each tunnel had holes within it’s self. As the sun shines through it create constellations Draco, Perseus, Columba and Capricornus.

Holt is quoted to say “I wanted to bring the vast space of the desert back to human scale” and her work does just that, as i’m sure you can recollect when you have looked at a grand open landscape and found that sometimes it is hard to take it all in. When looking through the sun tunnels your vision is focused on the landscape.

If you are lucky enough to be there on the week of the 21st of December or 21st of June the sun shines right through the tunnels creating a mesmeric moment.

If for some reason i am ever in Utah I will make sure I see these beautiful additions to the landscape.

Have a lovely day. x