You can read the article I wrote about digital culture and place in the North East as part of the North project on the ShowStudio website.
Very happy to have been honourably mentioned by the judges for the Photomediations International Open Call and one of the nineteen artists selected to participate in the Photomediations exhibition, launching at Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin. My work also features on the Creative Jam Cards, designed 'to enable the creative production of new works'.
An eight-week course developed by artist Peter McArdle and myself (Freedman Arts), that builds a dialogue with the art and artists exhibited at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art to activate your creativity. During this course we will explore creative process through engagement with BALTIC artists past and present who use painting, collage and found objects in their work. Through practical workshops we will experiment with ideas and techniques that can be used in your own creative process.
Some images I made for the Photomediations project, a collaboration between the editors of Photomediations: An Open book (www.photomediations.net) and Europeana Space Best Practice Network. Millions of images from across Europe's galleries. museums and archives are available in the online Europeana repository (many without copyright restrictions). My use of this resource draws comparisons between online clothing archives, the archives of museums that document clothing and the commercial website Ebay, which itself is an active continually updated archive of clothing. The photographs from the museum archives were matched with images that I had taken over the last couple of years to sell clothing on Ebay, and the text that accompanied both sets of images reproduced verbatim. Through doing so I explore the connections between the archives, not only between the ways in which clothing is photographed in a documentary context, but also between the items of clothing themselves, demonstrating the continuity and repetitions across representation, form and time.
I'm so proud of our students on Northumberland College's Foundation Art and Design course for pulling together such a great show at this stage in their course. The show took place in our Newcastle studio as part of Block Party, an open studios event in Newcastle's creative quarter. Well done to you all!
Are you interested in developing your creativity through contemporary art? Contemporary Art School is a new venture by Peter McArdle and I, developed to bring an experimental art school approach to the short course format. This course, in conjunction with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, gives opportunity to participants to experiment, develop and exhibit their own artistic creations, inspired by BALTIC artists past and present. Please spread the word to all that might be interested or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information .
New work exploring the relationship between superficiality and sincerity in the fashion photograph. First up, the humble jumper. Knit (2015) Collage on paper.
Vlada Roslyakova photographed by Nenetia Scott for Self Service No 23
'While Lindbergh built his reputation by helping to define the supermodel era of the '90s, the past decade of his work has celebrated the natural, elegant beauty of actresses such as Kate Winslet, Jessica Chastain, and Tilda Swinton, as well as seen a new generation of models such as Karen Elson, Arizona Muse, and Cara Delevingne come into their own. As a whole, Women II alludes to a larger truth—one that Lindbergh believes can impact our world beyond the pages of a magazine. "If photographers are responsible for creating or reflecting an image of women in society," he asserts, "then, I must say, there is only one way for the future, and this is to define women as strong and independent. This should be the responsibility of photographers today: to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection." ' Interview Magazine 'A Search for Truth' Rachel Small interviewing Peter Lindbergh
'Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening'
Image: Guy Bourdin French Vogue 1976