Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Well what I can say that this doesn't already! As we are nearing the end of this year and heading into 2012, I think this is such a perfect way to starting thinking about the year ahead. Much has happened this year and I want to take this opportunity to whole heartedly thank everyone who has supported my practice and given me many amazing opportunities that I have excitedly taken too. The New Year is promising to be a very exciting one also, with my book being released in March/April and many exhibitions planned throughout, which I will of course keep you updated with.
But I want to thank you all for your continued support and wish you a very wonderful Christmas and an amazing New Year, see you in 2012!
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Friday, 9 December 2011
I am very excited to announce that 5 works from the series "The Photograph as Contemporary Art" are part of the Photo50 exhibition at the London Art Fair in January 2012, other contributing artists include Michael Wolf, Esther Teichmann, Joy Gregory to name a few . The show is curated by Sue Steward and is called "The New Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Transcending the Print." Below is the text for the exhibition.
"This year, Photo50 opens up a spectrum of contemporary photography from the analogue to the digital. This selection of work by twelve photographers focuses on different ways of representing an image and it reveals the broad range of processes involved in image-making. I label them ‘alchemists’ because the term resonates with the ancient practitioners of photography, the experimenters with chemicals and paper, the pioneers of ‘writing with light’ which is what photo-graphy literally means.
Many images in this exhibition were produced through analogue processes and reveal surprising similarities with their digital counterparts; many mingle the two. There is also the changing assumption that the photographic print is the finished object, the ultimate goal of production. But it is no longer necessarily the end-point; the printed paper is enduring the transformation, partially destroyed or decorated, re-built to take on a new dimension – and becoming an original art work in its own right.
The works in Photo50 highlight the richness and diversity of photography today. It’s almost impossible now to define ‘photography’ because of its porous nature and its convergence with painting film and craft, demonstrated in this exhibition. It is a vast art form - and London is a hub for these significant, beautiful, seismic changes."
Read more here: http://www.londonartfair.co.uk/page.cfm/Link=58/t=m/goSection=15
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Friday, December 09, 2011
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
I have been meaning to post about this beautiful show currently on at the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern that I went to see two weekends ago. I can honestly say that is a truly stunning, tender, visualisation of what analogue film means to an artist. The darkened Turbine hall is lit up with the central column of 35 mm film, changing, developing in terms of colour, shape and emotion. In some ways it's very reminiscent of the act of processing film, silent, soft with marks that appear then disappear. The film is incredibly beautiful and very inspiring.
As Tacita states, "I chose to make an experimental 35 mm film inside the camera, and so revive spontaneity and risk. I wanted to show film as film can be, and use no post-production other than my normal editing process and the grading that happens in the lab..... I found its rhythm and metre from the material itself, relying not only on the images I had, but on what is normally considered waste: the picture fading at the tail end of a roll, the shimmering metamorphosis of a colour filter change.... "Film" is about film, and in the end, I let the material's intrinsic magic be my guide."
Tacita's film is on from 11th October 2011 until 11th March 2012 at The Tate Modern
So as my feature in PHOTO+ is published in South Korea, the Asian promotion is spreading as my Pre-Sale flyers are put up in Hong Kong! A very special thank you to a certain someone who braved the Chinese authority and posted these around HK, more photographs to follow shortly. I think it is also very important to say a very special thank you to Kummer & Herrman for making such an amazingly successful flyer.
See more of their work here: http://www.kummer-herrman.nl/
Friday, 2 December 2011
Usually December is packed with me preparing for Christmas and winding down for the holidays, well this year it is completely the opposite as I am preparing for what is going to be a very busy year for me next year, I can't wait!
But to start off this December I have an 8 page article in a fantastic South Korean Photography magazine called PHOTO+. The article features my series "The Photograph as Contemporary Art" with a written text and eight images. It is great to see the body of work so far reaching. Above is how the features reads and what a great cover for a magazine!
Posted by Melinda Gibson on Friday, December 02, 2011
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