Monday, 15 September 2014

2 Collaborative Projects Debuted In 2 Different Cities, 2 Days Apart!!!

What more can I say than, 2 collaborative projects debuted in 2 different cities, 2 days apart - Remind me never to do this again!!! First off will see the release of the SPBH Book Club Volume VI in Amsterdam at the Unseen Photo Fair, then off to Brussels to open the exhibition, Beijing Silvermine at Galerie Paris-Beijing where our series "Lunar Caustic" will debut for the first time!

It's going to be an amazing week and you shall find me in Amsterdam, in a cloud of Smoke and in Brussels covered in Nitrate, either surely not too be missed! Here are a few links to all of the happenings going on this week. See you on the other side!

Lunar Caustic In Emaho Magazine

As the week commences, the next seven days are sure to see a wealth of activity and the previewing/ debut of two of my new collaboratives series within 2 days of one another. So what a better way then starting off the week, with a wonderful editorial of the series that Thomas Sauvin and I conceptualised from Sauvin's archive of found Beijing imagery, "Lunar Caustic" in Emaho Magazine!

It's a great editorial, where the imagery really jumps from the page, the colours so vibrant against the dark background, a big thank you to everyone at Emaho!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Coming Soon... SPBH Book Club Volume VI - MG

Very, very, very, very excited to announce that I am the next artist to work with Self Publish Be Happy and produce their latest SPBH Book Club Volume - VI!!!! We were on press all day yesterday and as I write this the sheets are being printed, bound and ready to smoke.

It is soon to be released, coming out in late September and for those of you at the Unseen Photo Fair, you will be the first to see the preview of the publication in the performance, "The Smoke House" which takes place on Thursday 18th September from 18:00 pm.

More information can be found on the SPBH Editions section of the website, including an opportunity to pre-purchase your own copy, they are going fast and with an artist edition of 300 copies, don't miss out!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Miss Titus At Mt.Rokko Photo Festival In Japan

Very, very pleased to say that my second publication, "Miss Titus Becomes A Regular Army Mac" was chosen by the wonderful Director of Claire De Rouen Books, Lucy Moore, for her selection at Mt.Rokko Photo Festival in Japan! 

I was surely in great company as other Moore selects where; Joanna Piotrowska, Bruno Zhu, Tom Hunter, Clare Strand, Sarah Jones and a couple of other great artists! The photo festival ran from the 29th August and closed on 7th September, see below for more details and imagery. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Smoke House Performance At Unseen Photo Fair - Thursday 18th September From 18:00 pm

I am very, very excited to announce that for today's news, I will be performing at Unseen Photo Fair, on Thursday 18th September, debuting my new collaborative work with the wonderful Self Publish Be Happy, as I complete their new and latest Book Club Vol VI. It's going to a hot Thursday evening and something not to miss!!!
"SPBH Editions presents artist Melinda Gibson's latest performance in conjunction with the release of her latest book SPBH Book Club Vol VI.
SPBH Book Club VI is a forensic and artistic exploration of loss and renewal by Melinda Gibson. During a fire at her South London studio, Gibson watched as smoke and water poured into the space. In the aftermath, she combed through what remained, analysing and collecting material and drawing it together in the form of a book. The making of the book itself became for Gibson a cathartic process of survival.
In a live performance, Gibson invites audiences to take part in the smoke press; four handmade smokehouses continually smoking books. In a ritualistic act of defiance, each book is ‘smoked’ by Gibson – each one becoming a unique, sensorial object offering an experience that transcends the pages of the book."

Sneaky Peak here:

Monday, 1 September 2014

Lunar Caustic Takes Over Photomonitor

So September has arrived and with this month, exciting days lay ahead. So to start the month off in style - 1st September, we are very, very pleased to have Lunar Caustic take over the homepage of the wonderful webzine, Photomonitor! 

Not only is the invitation image the landing homepage for the entire duration of this month, but the project series is presented in the Portfolio section of Photomonitor along with all the imagery that we are exhibiting, as well as the statement around the project. Take some time to look at the photographs, as they may not be the same the next time you see them!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Hujar, Stewen & Thomasson

Yesterday saw a very welcome break from all the projects that are currently running at the moment, a day of pure relaxation and a time to catch up on some of the beautiful exhibitions I have been meaning to see before they finished with a dear friend, a truly traditional Sunday, like the old days. 

And what more could you want than the two absolutely stunning exhibitions at Maureen Paley, Peter Hujar's portraits and Dirk Stewen's watercolours, then onto the Chisenhale to see the Edward Thomasson's premiere of 'The Present Tense' video.

To start a very welcomed trip to Maureen Paley, I always find it such a pleasure viewing work here, the space is incredible and the curation always so tight, you really are presented with a viewing platform that offers ample space for seeing, a clarity, a cleanliness that l find so inviting. On the ground floor are the beautiful black and white prints made by Peter Hujar himself, as you walk from one photograph to another, you see his gentle, but strikingly powerful images of a New York that once was, Divine, William Burroughs,  Paul Thek, Peggy Lee in all their glory. The prints vary in their tonality, but all have this draw, it must be the touch of Hujar. There is a tenderness to his imagery, a sense that he had great respect for this sitters, that they were friends and shared in much. They are honest, delicate and no matter the subject matter, whether alive or dead, an honest approach - stunning.

Upstair is Dirk Stewen and a focus on his watercolour works on paper. I am such a colossal fan of Stewen's work, I can't really explain in words exactly what happens when I see the watercolours, but there's this sense of sublime euphoria, seeing how the muted colours bleed into one another, that gentle tactile touch of thread hanging from the paper. The meticulously cut out, added circles of colour collaged over one another, the compositions are wonderful and those thin lines that pull your view off the paper, its quite extraordinary. Alongside these are three stunning images, that incorporate pieces of thin wood, that rest so delicately over the framed imagery, it is a truly special exhibition.

Then from all the excitement and joy from Hujar and Stewen onto the Chisenhale to see Edward Thomasson's video, 'The Present Tense', the premiere of his work created and commissioned by the gallery itself and Create, (their residency programme.) The video is an excellent visual narrative where three interconnecting stories explore space and human behaviour towards one another. The use of music is very interestingly placed, as well as the use of the theatrical, in particular the scenes where police offers perform to teenagers, singing their daily routines is quite extraordinary. 

Sadly all exhibitions finished on the 24th August, but you can more about them here:  

All images are courtesy of The Estate of Peter Hujar, Dirk Stewen @ Maureen Paley and Edward Thomasson's image by Andy Keate @ The Chisenhale Gallery. 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Collaborations To Be Launched In September!

As the weeks fly by, the expectancy of August is both full of amazing surprises as well as planned productions and schedules! With the debut of two very different, but equally exciting in their collaborative nature projects in September, every day is proving to be a production - thank god that I am obsessively organised, other such a timeline would be a bit insane! Think the south of France is calling me after all of this, for some sun and vino!

As Lunar Caustic prepares for exhibition in mid September, my collaborative project with the wonderful Self Publish Be Happy is in full swing and will debut at Unseen Photo Fair, a few days before my exhibition in Brussels. It's going to be quite a surprise, so I will be careful not to give too much away, I will of closer, nearer to the release dates, so keep checking for more updates.

For now, here is a sneak preview of some of the imagery. More to come soon...

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

New Exhibition At Galerie Paris-Beijing In Brussels Debuting "Lunar Caustic" Opens 20th September

I am very, very, very excited to announce that my new collaborative series, "Lunar Caustic" will debut later this year at the wonderful Galerie Paris-Beijing in September!!! Part of an exciting trio exhibition entitled "Beijing Silvermine" Thomas Sauvin, Lei Lei and I will have carte blanche in the Brussels space, presenting our re-workings of the archive the Silvermine. 

Here is an excerpt from the Press Release, "Hundreds of thousands of images – so many moments snapped by strangers are tirelessly salvaged by Thomas Sauvin, following a meeting in the Northern periphery of the capital city, with Xiao Ma, a recycler who collects negatives in order to retrieve the Silver Nitrate. Sauvin, a collector, curator and publisher who has resided in Beijing since 2003 gathers half a million anonymous negatives in 35 mm colour, dating from 1985 to 2005 and ultimately destined for destruction. 

Presented on the second floor, is the debut of Lunar Caustic, a conceptual collaborative reworking of the archive by British artist Melinda Gibson. Between art and chemistry, prints are burned with Hydrochloric Acid and coated with Silver Nitrate, isolating the true essence of the imagery, revealing the unstable, palpable, organic uncontrollable object. Their scientifically charged intervention gives the already digested images a new existence, poetically evolving the tale of destructive innovation and leading to ultimately rebirth. It is down to Gibson’s artistic interventions that it is as if these photographs of yesterday are propelled into today’s world." 

You can read more here: 

Friday, 11 July 2014

Foam "Spotlight - 5 Year Of Talent" Exhibited At Les Rencontres d'Arles & Felix&Foam Amsterdam

I was very pleased to see and surprised that my series, "The Photograph As Contemporary Art" is part of the wonderful Foam's Spotlight - 5 Years of Talent in a presentation exhibition during the opening week of Les Rencontres d'Arles! Being 1 of the selected 15 winners of the 2010 Talent Award, it was excellent to be part of this exciting display, as Foam describe.

"All the work that was included in the past five Talent Issues will be projected onto monumental, open books that are suspended from the ceiling of the exhibition space in Amsterdam and within the walls in Arles. The space also features a reading table where the publications will be made available to the public and includes exclusive interviews with the photographers from the various Talent Issues. With work from over 60 photographers, Spotlight - 5 Years of Talent displays the diversity of  contemporary photography."

See more here from Foam:

Sunday, 29 June 2014

PiK Magazine London Launch 3rd July At The Photographers' Gallery From 18:30

This coming Thursday, 3rd July see's the London launch of the sixth issue of piK Magazine. A lovely magazine produced in a limited edition of 100 copies, by founder and editor Isabelle Evertse. This up and coming issue has many interesting photographers and bodies of work, of which my series/ publication, "Miss Titus Becomes A Regular Army Mac" is presented. 

The London launch see's the magazine being presented at The Photographers' Gallery from 18:30 and further presented at Cosmos in Arles over the opening weekend of the Festival on the 9th July.

I will be present at both openings signing copies of the magazine, so come on down and celebrate with us all for a drink or  two!

You can see more about the magazine here and about the launch in London here:

Friday, 20 June 2014

Aperture Release - "The Photographer's Playbook" Edited by Jason Fulford & Gregory Halpern

Very, very, very excited to say that Aperture release their new title, "The Photographer's Playbook" edited by the wonderful Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern, with my very own contribution, "Loose An Eye"!!!! I am situated very nicely between the great George Georgiou and Bruce Gilden with so many other amazing contributors that include great friends and colleagues.

Described as, "The Photographer’s Playbook features photography assignments, as well as ideas, stories, and anecdotes from many of the world’s most talented photographers and photography professionals. Whether you’re looking for exercises to improve your craft—alone or in a group—or you’re interested in learning more about the medium, this playful collection will inspire fresh ways of engaging with photographic process."

John Baldessari, Alec Soth, Henri Cartier-Bresson, John Gossage, Susan Lipper, Cristina de Middel, WassinkLundgren, Charlotte Cotton, Erik Kessels, Bruno Ceschel, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, the list goes on and on, its a fantastic new publication and I am very, very proud to be part of it!

Here is the link to the publication: