The Photographer's Gallery presents 'A Season of Collage', featuring various exhibitions from 18 January to 7 April 2013.
Geraldo de Barros, Sobras, 1996-98 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery, London
Geraldo de Barros: What Remains - Wolfson Gallery (2nd floor), 18 January - 7 April 2013
The Photographers’ Gallery presents the first UK exhibition of the influential Brazilian artist Geraldo de Barros (São Paulo, 1923-98). An accomplished painter, photographer and industrial designer, de Barros is regarded as a pioneer of Modernist photography and an inspirational figure for a new generation of contemporary Brazilian practitioners. '
'What Remains' will be a survey show of de Barros’ photographic oeuvre, focusing on the series 'Sobras' (1996 - 98), made towards the end of his life, in relation to a selection of his celebrated 'Fotoformas' series (1946 - 51). The exhibition will examine these two intense periods of experimentation that form de Barros’ only engagement with photography. Marking the beginning and conclusion of his career, the two series are brought together to demonstrate the artist’s sustained radical approach to the image while exploring the formal and philosophical layers of his practice. The exhibition is curated by Isobel Whitelegg, an expert on modern and contemporary art in Brazil, and Karen McQuaid, Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery.
Laura Letinsky, Untitled #19, 2011, 88.9 x 114.3 cm, © Laura Letinsky. Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery, London
Laura Letinsky: Ill Form and Void Full - Barbara Lloyd Gallery (4th floor), 18 January - 7 April 2013
This exhibition will focus on Laura Letinsky’s (b. 1962, Canada) new series, 'Ill Form and Void Full' (2010-11) while also including earlier photographs from her 'To Say It Isn’t So' (2006-2008), 'Fall' (2009) and 'The Dog and The Wolf' (2008-2009) series. These works track the radical development in the artist’s practice, from her homage to Dutch-Flemish 'vanitas' painting and exploration of melancholy and nostalgia, to her current body of work highlighting a concern with the synthetic nature of photographic space.'Ill Form and Void Full' incorporates cut-out images of food, drink and other tabletop accoutrements into Letinsky’s minimalist still life compositions.
Collected from lifestyle magazines, art reproductions as well as the artist’s own photographs, the cut-outs are laid flat, propped up, folded and positioned in relation to three dimensional objects within a precisely orchestrated and illuminated white background. Using a large-format camera to better capture intricate details including smudges and scotch tape, Letinsky then photographs the arrangements and prints them at life-size. The resulting images further play with our perception of illusion and reality.
C.K. Rajan, Untitled, 1991-96 22.5 x 29 cm © C.K. Rajan, Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery, London.
Perspectives on Collage - John Lyon’s Gallery (5th floor), 18 January - 7 April 2013
As part of the Gallery's commitment to exploring photography's dynamic relationship with other media, previously seen in 'The Photographic Object' (2009) exhibition and forthcoming 'Photography & Drawing' (2014), 'Perspectives on Collage' offers eight individual approaches to the subject of collage. From artists using techniques to explore the conceptual limits of the photograph, to those working within a tradition of political and cultural critique, this show aims to highlight the enduring relevance of collage across a range of creative practices. Artists include Roy Arden (b. 1957, Canada); Peggy Franck (b. 1978, Netherlands); C.K. Rajan (b. 1960, India); Clunie Reid (b. 1971, UK); Jan Svoboda (1934-1990, Czech Republic); Batia Suter (b. 1967, Switzerland) and Nicole Wermers (b. 1971, Germany).
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