PHOTOGRAPHY NOW 20th – 31st March

Photography Now
21st- 31st March 2019
Preview: Wednesday 20th March 2019  18:00 – 20:30
The Brick Lane Gallery- 216 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SA

 

DAN FREEMAN | HELENE ROBINSON | DAYANA MARCONI | MATT FROST | JOSHUA BLACKBURN

The Brick Lane Gallery is pleased to present Photography Now. This group exhibition features an eclectic range of photographers, showcasing their perspectives and experiences through their lenses, including landscape sceneries and more. We will be highlighting works expressed in non-figurative techniques to focus the ways mixed media work can be expressed through objects.

Dan Freeman has spent over a decade creating nocturnal photography; capturing a beauty that few take the time to acknowledge or appreciate first hand. He states that the world assumes an altogether different type of wonder when the light fades and darkness prevails. There is a beautiful escapism offered by the tranquility of the night – a temporary removal from the everyday and the mundane. Freeman states this is when I am at my most creative.

Deliberately avoiding mainstream tourist traps and ‘must-see’ attractions, Small Town USA at Night focuses on behind the scenes America; the places that don’t qualify for the travel brochures. There is no homage paid to Hollywood highlights, frantic freeways or big city nights. This is real America; nocturnal photographs of ordinary small towns across the USA, void of human presence. The series focuses on humble locations, where the midnight breeze flirts with flags on Main Street, and industrial towers stand like employment-magnets on the outskirts of town. From the desolation caused by the retiring of the daylight dwellers to their homes, a peaceful disposition exudes from the lack of human presence in man-made locations.

https://www.instagram.com/danielfreemanphotography

 

Dayana Sharon Marconi is a member of the AOP, London Independent Photography, Shutter Hub and of the Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network, Dayana S. Marconi is an Italian artist, based in Rome, who achieved a MA Photography with Distinction at Falmouth University in 2018. With her new camera less project “Mind of a Photographer” she experiments with Cyanotype and Contact Printing. She has been diagnosed with a micro-aneurysm and a peripheral neurological damage and she suffers from anxiety disorder, culminating in panic attacks during stressing situations like medical examinations: in these circumstances, she seeks refuge in her imagination.

https://www.instagram.com/dayanamarconi  

 

Helene Robinson is a British; Essex/London based photographer and artist.  She has had previous solo photography exhibitions, and group art exhibitions where she has exhibited both art and some pieces of sculptures. She has provided art commissions for a local Mental health Centre, and her next exhibition is on Brutalist Architecture.

https://www.instagram.com/hellie_rock

Frosti’s words on his Sao Paolo series: “Economically effective, extraordinarily impressive, with unequalled dynamism & ambition. Sao Paulo was once the fastest growing city in the world & for the earlier part of the 20th century, a prototype of future urban development.  However, this will to modernise build & grow was uncontrollable:  “Skyscrapers are springing up overnight ‘like mushrooms’ in an utterly disorganised regime of development” Walter Gropius, (Architect & founder of The Bauhaus School).

Made up of hundreds of generic high-rise blocks that seemed to go on forever, so similar in their appearance, size and repetition, there doesn’t seem to be any coherent planning or layout.  Sao Paulo is a patchwork quilt of patterns, shapes and colour.  We as humans are drawn to patterns- we react to shapes & colour, and Frosti wanted to incorporate these elements to find not just an alternative aesthetic but an order and an identity in this chaotic megacity.  He was ultimately fascinated by the sense of scale and how he could convey a city this big. The financial centre has moved three times in the last 90 years and although still growing, the latter part of the 20th century saw political unrest and many people have suggested the city is dying, with so many unused & decaying buildings now peppering the skyline.

https://www.instagram.com/frosti.uk/

Joshua Blackburn is a photographer, designer and print maker whose work is known for its playfulness, warmth and delight in the unexpected.

Blackburn’s latest work, Laundamatic, documents one man’s love affair with launderettes. For the last 12 months, Blackburn has been photographing every launderette in London, creating a portrait of a unique institution whose existence is increasingly precarious. At a time when high streets are becoming ever more homogenous, repeating their template of fast consumerism, launderettes remain stubbornly slow. They are out of time and out of place – literally and emotionally – and this quality is simultaneously the reason for their appeal and the cause of their decline.

The photographs featured in the series reflect the uneasy tension inherent to nostalgia. The beauty of the physical spaces contrast with their emptiness. They are the living remains of a London that’s passing.

https://www.instagram.com/coinop_london

 

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