Thursday, 19 November 2015
To celebrate the launch of the new SPBH Book, published by Aperture, Self Publish Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto, I am very pleased to announce that I will be doing an, 'In Conversation' with Mr Bruno Ceschel, part of the Self Publish Be Crafty - Business As Usual Residency at The Photographers' Gallery on Monday 23rd November from 16:00 pm. We will also be joined by a young artist, former student of ours, from the Camberwell College of Art, Liam Magee. It looks to be a great afternoon, discussing our practice and of course the notion of the book.
Here is a little excerpt about the book, which features my first publication, The Photograph As Contemporary Art.
"An economic and cultural revolution has shaken the photobook world in the last five years: self-publishing. An army of photographers operating as publishers have had an instrumental role in today’s photobook renaissance. This book offers a do-it-yourself manual and a survey of key examples of self-published success stories, as well as a self-publishing manifesto and list of resources."
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Thursday, November 19, 2015
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Absolutely delighted to be showing with ROSE Gallery in their latest exhibition, Her First Meteorite, an exhibition examining unique photographic collages by Carolle Benitah, James Gallagher, Melinda Gibson, Ken Graves, Stéphanie Solinas, Annegret Soltau, and Grete Stern. The mixed media collages will be on view from 26 September through 28 November 2015.
These are the installation shots from the show, courtesy of the Gallery. It you are State side, be sure to make a visit to see this beautiful curated exhibition, I only wish I could be there too!
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Saturday, October 17, 2015
Friday, 2 October 2015
As the weeks fly by, it is great to see that the work has been attracting some good attention from a wide range of editorials and press. Thomas and I had a great interview with American Suburb X (ASX) which really delved into the mechanics of what it is to work in collaboration, a nice nod to one of our works in Italian Vogue, being mentioned twice in the TIME lightbox - 10 Things to do at Unseen Photo Fair, as well as a lovely article in Elephant Magazine about 5 Booths to Watch at Amsterdam's Unseen Photo Fair as well as Ultravie! You can see some of the press here in the links below.
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Friday, October 02, 2015
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
I can't quite believe that this time last two weeks ago, I was preparing for Unseen, the time is going so fast, it is difficult to keep up with what day is which! Unseen was a huge success and an absolute delight, as it always is. There really is something about this Photo Fair, that I thoroughly enjoy, much more than any other. Maybe it's the warm, Dutch ways, the wonderful city or just the environment that surrounds it, but it always attracts an interesting and articulate crowd, that when I leave, I have a refreshed, inspired and excited feeling, ready to take back to London town.
The five day trip was jammed packed with events, starting with the Meijburg & Co Commission Award, which was awarded to Anouk, (very well deserved) with ample glasses of Champagne at Flowers Gallery to set the tone for a very enjoyable evening. The days and nights fell into one, with talks here, receptions there with great dinners in between. I think a great many glasses of Champagne where had, wonderful conversations with curators and friends alike, with an interlude of dancing with the Kessels Kramer crew into the early hours! Now that Mr Erik, knows how to host and throw a party.
Before we could even start to relax, it was time to prepare for Thomas and I's talk with ASX, with an early morning session on the notion of collaboration. The talk brought together some key ideas that surround this notion, the idea of the management of an ego, to the idea of an artist as an interdisciplinary portal. It certainly stirred up some ideas with a nice touch of humour and honesty packed in too!
It was, as ever, an excellent fair with some brilliant talks, people and artworks, I am already looking forward to the next edition.
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Friday, 25 September 2015
I am delighted to announce my forthcoming exhibition with ROSE GALLERY in Santa Monica opening on Saturday 26th September, 6 - 8pm.
Her First Meteorite, a group exhibition presents a selection of unique photographic collages by Carolle Benitah, James Gallagher, Melinda Gibson, Ken Graves, Stéphanie Solinas, Annegret Soltau, and Grete Stern.
Found, sliced and assembled, the photographic collage establishes experimental and introspective forms through the combination of familiar and obscure images. The montages from the various artists each evoke a distinct entry into surreal worlds, bound together by connected and intertwined photographs. With found objects and images, the spontaneity of discovery and combination counters the intricacy of the details in the works.
More information about the show and artists can be found here- http://www.rosegallery.net/
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Friday, September 25, 2015
Friday, 11 September 2015
Very, very excited to announce that I have contributed to this new book, SPBH's latest title - Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Manual and Manifesto which will be launched with Aperture on Sunday 20th September at the NYABF from 15:00. Here is a little excerpt from Aperture.
"In 2010, Self Publish, Be Happy was created to collect, study, and celebrate self-published photobooks through an ongoing program of workshops, live events, and on/offline projects. In 2015, the London-based organization celebrates its fifth anniversary with the publication of
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Friday, September 11, 2015
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
September continues to be a super busy month with another exhibition on the horizon. I am very honoured to be showing with the wonderful ROSEGALLERY at the Art Fair, EXPO Chicago at Navy Pier, booth 335 which opens next week on Thursday 17th September from 11:00 am.
The gallery will be exhibiting a collection of stunning works, from artists that include, Manfred Müller, John Chiara, Elger Esser, Summer Mann, Jo Ann Callis and many others. I will be exhibiting unique pieces from the series, The Photograph As Contemporary Art and only wish I could fly over state side and enjoy all the fair has to offer, but alas Europe is calling.
More can be seen here on both ROSEGALLERY's site and the Fairs -
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Monday, 7 September 2015
The weeks are flying by and this time next week, I shall be packing my bags ready for five adventurous days in Amsterdam at the Unseen Photo Fair! I am delighted to say that I will be working with American Suburb X, the official content partner for this years event, as Thomas and I take part in interviews as well as a morning ASX session.
Thomas Sauvin, Brad Feuerhelm, Michael Salu and myself will be talking on Saturday 19th September, late morning at 11:00am on the notion of collaboration. Having worked with both Brad and Thomas, I think that this is going to be a special conversation, something not too be missed at all!
The talk will be taking place in the Unseen Living Room, part of the festival area and more details can be found on both the Unseen and ASX sites.
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Monday, September 07, 2015
Thursday, 27 August 2015
I am extremely delighted to announce that I have been nominated for the Unseen Photo Fair new award, the Meijiburg Art Commission! I am nominated along with four other fantastic artists, including a few friends too, it is sure to be an exciting wait to see the winner revealed and good to luck to us all.
Here is how Unseen Photo Fair announced the shortlisted artists, "Overwhelmed by both the number and quality of submissions from last month's open call for all Unseen artists aged 35 and under, we are proud to announce the shortlist for the brand new Meijburg Art Commission. Following their nomination, the selected talents will further develop their proposals for the site-specific commission to be presented to an international jury prior to Unseen Photo Fair & Festival. The final winner will be announced by the jury during an exclusive Meijburg & Co Tax Lawyers event at Unseen 2015, and will be given the opportunity to produce the commissioned work for the Meijburg & Co office in Amstelveen."
Unseen asked what a commission of this kind would mean to me, I responded with, “
All the works nominated can be seen at the Flowers Gallery booth in Unseen Photo Fair, opening Thursday 17th September and on the Gallery's website.
More can be seen here: http://unseenamsterdam.com/announcing-the-shortlist
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Thursday, August 27, 2015
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
I am very excited to say that I will be exhibiting with Flowers Gallery for the much anticipated 2015 edition of Unseen Photo Fair with my latest collaborative series, Lunar Caustic, the result of a much labour of love with the Beijing Silvermine. Thomas Sauvin and I are delighted to be showing the series, with some special Unseen Premiere editions - works only released a few weeks ago and never seen before!
Things are certainly hotting up, ready for Unseen, as talks, commission news and events start to come through, planning continues and September looks to be a very special month. Very, very excitingly before Amsterdam, works are being sent across the water to sunny California for a wonderful exhibition with Rose Gallery, more to come on that shortly...
For news and updates from Unseen and Flowers Gallery, see here:
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Thursday, 23 July 2015
It's been a while since I've managed to get a blog written and finally with a few hours spare in the day, I can finally sit down and put my thoughts together! July has been completely insane for all the right reasons, a wedding, a rest, productions and exhibitions. With so much going on it is difficult to know where to start, but Sicily is surely the best place.
I jetted off to Sicily while the photo world descended on Arles to take a break and be part of the wedding of the century, my dearest friends, a Sicilian living in London that I've known for many years and meet while we were both interning at Magnum Photos. It was an absolute delight, spending time in her home town of Trapani, seeing the sights and of course being part of their special day. I always love these times, a time to reflect on life, enjoy the moment and look to the future. Plus with the Sicilian sunny skies and an abundance of Prosecco, I was in heaven! It always goes so quickly and before you know it, we were all back in London, ready for the next chapter.
As July whizzes past, more and more exciting doors open, with much preparation needed with exhibitions and Art Fairs to plan for. As the production continues I am very excited to be part of Unseen Photo Fair with other exhibitions to be released soon. As per usual, the summer looks like it is going to be quite a busy time with no time for rest and relaxation! Watch this space for more details, I think I'll be needing a long holiday somewhere exotic by the time this year is out!
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Thursday, July 23, 2015
Thursday, 2 July 2015
I had the absolute pleasure of attending Beck's performance, part of the Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening at the Barbican, all conceived by the truly outstanding Doug Aitken. Having been a big fan of Beck for a long time, hearing about his concerts, that are more than performances, I knew that this was going to be an extraordinary event, but what I witness comes no short of genius!
As you entered into the Barbican, a flurry of excitement and anticipation rose as the scene was set with a small selection of the LSO seated in centre stage, 3 large film screens ready for projections and three cowboy's sat quietly on the left of the stage. Everything was draped in twilight, with a mist that rose from the ground. As the projections started, scenes and re-workings from Aitken's Station to Station film, Beck walks in, dressed as if a cowboy himself, holding his guitar. What follows can only be described as some of the most beautiful, stunning and imaginative performances I think I may have seen.
It felt as if you had been transported into the Mid West, the sounds of trains coming into a station as cowboys point out into the audience. Interludes of lyrical poets chase the ideas introduced by Aitken and Beck as they lively perform, very different in their styles, expressive in their nature. Simon Armitage, Jeminia Foxtrot, Luke Wright are some of 6 that shaped this extraordinary evening.
Then onto Beck and many of his friends that joined, Thurston Moore, James Sedwards, BJ Cole and Leafcutter John! Beck was unbelievable, standing on a wooden box, singing in the way he only knows how, every word poignant and beautiful sung, let alone his musicality as he plays his harmonica! Then Thurston Moore.
The tempo changed, Moore's guitar set the Barbican into a weird and wonderful, hair raising, diesel infused abstraction. As the sounds increased, the projections quickened, until what you could hear and see can only be described as sensorial euphoria. Flashing heat spots, overlaying of train tracks, orange, yellow, white as the sounds became less known and more abstracted. The decibels increased to a point of near no return, you were being pushed to your limits, more, and more and more. Then quiet.
It was nearing the end and we all waited in anticipation, hoping that it would carry on into the night, but alas it could not and what a wonderful end to hear Beck play one of his newest works, "Wave" with the LSO as backing, with tears welling in my eyes and my heart in my throat - this is how to spend a Monday night, incredible, just incredible.
Imagery courtesy of Doug Aitken & Beck
Imagery courtesy of Doug Aitken & Beck
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Thursday, July 02, 2015
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