Gardens of London is a new project which I started during lockdown 2020 in London.
Throughout lockdown, gardens and parks in the city have given residents a welcome opportunity to be in touch with the natural world. For the past twelve months so much time has been spent confined in the artificial world we have constructed.
In the first part of this project I present several images of St Pancras Gardens, a small refuge of green space near my home. The project follows the usual process of my work. Firstly, I make a representational photographic image of a physical setting. Secondly, I reconstruct the image for transition to the artificial space, the digital space, a space which in itself is abstract.
The concept is a simple one. The artist posts images of their work that they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each. Every time they reach £1000 of sales they pledge to buy another artist’s work for £200. This creates a dynamic culture and market, where all can contribute, whatever their level of success. This is a culture dependent on the honesty and generosity of our artistic communities at every level.
100 Contemporary Artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize
Future Now contains work from all 100 artists on the long-list for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2020. Images from my Decomposition series appear in this extensive record which is published to accompany the Aesthetica Art Prize and Future Now Symposium held at York St John University.
“The works inside this collection survey themes such as race and identity, technology, Dataism, surveillance culture, geopolitics and the climate crisis. We are living in uncertain times. There is so much happening on both personal and universal levels; we must take a moment to pause and try to make sense of all of this information.”
The 2020 Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition opened at York Art Gallery on March 12th. The exhibition is temporarily closed due to social distancing and the nationwide lockdown of public locations. Here is a short video of the opening of the exhibition at York Art Gallery. The exhibition is due to reopen in early December 2020 and continue at York Art Gallery until February 2021.
Elevating news to start 2020. Work from my Decomposition series has been shortlisted for the 2020 Aesthetica Art Prize. It will be featured in the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition with 17 other artists in York Art Gallery March 13th-July 18th 2020.
The Aesthetica Art Prize is an annual exhibition organised by Aesthetica Magazine. My work will also be featured in Future Now, a book published to coincide with the Future Now Symposium held annually at York St John University. This year, the symposium will take place on March 12th and 13th with guest speakers from arts organisations was well as artists Cornelia Parker, Martin Parr and Nadav Kander.
Shortly after Easter the Central London Group of London Independent Photography present their 2019 exhibition at Espacio Gallery in Bethnal Green Road. I am very pleased to have my work included again this year in this their 7th annual show.
Friday April 13th will be the last Open Studios at Bow Arts Rum Factory in Wapping. The building is being closed at the end of May. It’s been a fantastic place to work over the past couple of years. Now time to move on to pastures new. Join us all on Friday evening for a goodbye show and visit me in Studio 13.