Sunday, 28 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
what is the word? when the ordinary becomes sacred. symbols of people and times we miss. shrines. lockets. security blankets. our need to hold on to something when what we really need isn't there. 'a battle cry to treat this absence'. material objects inscribed with the physical and affective traces of memorial transmission
Sunday, 21 June 2009
“Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man’s physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed". Baudelaire (The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays)
Friday, 19 June 2009
Michael Hoppen Contemporary is delighted to collaborate with Saatchi Online for an exhibition of work by six artists, hand-picked from the Saatchi Gallery website. Entitled ‘Starting with a Photograph’, the key criterion is that the work must begin with a photographic image- found or made. Beyond that, each piece is unique, sharing only an interest in exploring and expanding the limits of photography.
The exhibition will take place at Michael Hoppen Contemporary, situated close to the new Saatchi headquarters on the King's Road in Chelsea, and will begin on the 10th September.
Friday, 12 June 2009
"There is just this for consolation: an hour here or there, when our lives seem, against all odds and expectations, to burst open and give us everything we've ever imagined , though everyone but children (and perhaps even they) knows these hours will inevitably be followed by others, far darker and more difficult."
The Hours by Michael Cunningham.
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Poetry deconstructs and slathers love all over the formal aspects of language and words, and painting does the same. Why wouldn't you put all the elements into play in photography? Pit the chemistry, the paper, the film and the enlarger into a death match where it's not clear who is going to survive. The outcome doesn't matter as much as the process of inquiry; this isn't abstraction it's exploration. The scientific demands of the photographic process necessitate a lot of rule-following. Best not to become too docile in the mind, though. As Carl Sagan says in the Backbone of the Night episode of Cosmos: (sic) too much conventional thinking isn't doing anyone any favor.' Mariah Robertson, 2009