(re)structure x Newhaven
(re)structure x Newhaven is the first exhibition and public programme by artist collective (re)structure. Including work from 11 local artists, the show covers a broad range of photographic expression, from personal stories, to broader cultural questions, to visual explorations of the medium.
The works on display have been developed over the past years in part, through an ongoing collective learning experience undertaken within the group. The members come together monthly to enrich each other's artistic practices and to create a space built on support and collaboration. There is a sense that the more the artists share and engage with one another, the fuller the cup - a collective resource that can't run out. To this end, an extensive public programme is also taking place within the exhibition space. This includes an array of artist talks, workshops and interactive pieces.
Carried on my father's shoulders; Staring saucer-eyed at the work of insects; Walking up the hill I looked over a garden wall and saw pale fabric hanging from the branches of a tree.
The images portray three distinct memories, but they resisted remaining separated. I wanted to hold them down and place them next to each other, seeing them merge into a continuum—a train of thought. The three memories were made at different times in my life. The first memory is of being a toddler, carried on my father’s shoulders and getting caught up in all the leaves. The second memory is of staring saucer-eyed at the work of insects. I remember the intense fascination they held for me. The third memory is of walking up the hill past a walled garden and seeing pale fabric hanging from the branches of a tree. This lodged in my mind as a quiet mystery.
The Future Spills Through
The Future Spills Through’ is a project made up of photographs, writing, 3D scans and 3D models created along the Living Coast area in Sussex. It is underpinned by a written diary and dream journal of semi-fictional encounters with geology and creatures along the tidal zone.
'A Sign, A Full View' & 'Rue'
A Sign, A Full View is part of an evolving series of moving-image installations that echo and
emphasise particular qualities of image-making technologies. As well as employing optical devices
in the image-making process, the apparatus is also referenced through the installation of the work.
A moving-image - a fragment of film - is encountered in a way that echoes the experience of the device and the image it encloses.
Taken on Whitehawk Hill allotments the photographs in Rue document a friend’s shed as it is emptied, in the days after his unexpected death. Despite being handprinted in 2008 the work has
not reached a point of feeling complete until now. With the help of (re)structure members, whose
input and support has been invaluable, the work is now being shown publicly for the first time.
Lauren Joy Kennet
I am an autobiographical artist exploring love and loneliness using photography and hand-cut collage.
Autism makes it hard to process my thoughts and emotions and I discovered photography as a tool to help me understand what I’m going through.
I’ve been documenting my personal life over the past seven years, capturing my difficult journey to becoming a mother.
Using photocopy prints and a scalpel, I combine intimate portraits with symbolic landscapes to give form to the unconscious.
PAPER CUTS tells a story of sex, abortion, miscarriage and mental illness.
Always and Never at Home
The title of this project comes from the idea that you can be in one place and simultaneously somewhere else – The separation of the physical and the mental, the internal and external worlds.
A mixture of photography and moving image, both conceptual and observational.
The work is about our relationships with these spaces, in particular the inner space we retreat into when in public spaces, our safe place – in particular virtual spaces like that of a smart phone, it’s about capturing something that resonates but also feels poignant, as the lines between physical and virtual become ever more blurred. I’m just really drawn to people that appear to be somewhere else entirely.
A visually fantastical and at times surreal world is communicated in the manner of a photographic stream of consciousness. The work is linear in its documentation of the Artists everyday, where through a process of repeatedly focusing in on the mundean, something dreamlike and alien is uncovered.
The work looks tenderly inward, while being immersed in the humanity and emotional weight that is found in the nothingness of everything.
The images were created over a two year period in Brighton and document life through two lockdowns, the birth of a child, and the breakdown of a relationship.
The Natural, Rural & Remote
Eva Louisa Jonas
‘The Natural, Rural & Remote’ is an ongoing body of work that looks at spaces relating to the natural, rural and remote and the so often romanticised and aestheticised activities that take place there such as walking, retreats, residency, birdwatching, wild swimming, and creative crafts.
Comprised of playful restaging and props, this project follows ideas often central to these activities around the procuring of a truer authentic self, and the concept of 'revelation' or 'becoming' whilst in these spaces.
This project is supported by A-N 2021 Artist Bursary
In The Light Of The Moon
Do you remember what it was like to live in an endless summer day? Running towards the sea because you just couldn’t wait to get there, leaving a shoe behind without noticing. Having little concept of a mass of pebbles but a deeper meeting with each and every single pebble. Naming bugs and naming clouds and seeing the divine and the particular in everything. Not knowing what tomorrow will bring, or even what later could mean. Just this rolling blue of sky and sea.
There is a boundlessness in being so busy with this moment. And just as the sky and sea change every day, every moment, so do we. Here’s to all the versions of you I have yet to meet.
Metastatic Intracranial Deposits & Other Stories
Patrick's photographs are non-literal explorations of lived experiences. He works mainly in narratives that leave enough room for the viewer to find their own meanings, whilst allowing those with more time to explore and discover his original intention.
Patrick - ‘In May 2020 I was diagnosed with incurable Stage IV Melanoma. My doctor advised me to walk and talk, so I have been. When out with my camera I’ve been documenting what I see, it became clear to me that my condition is always there, in the back of my mind, ready to show itself in strange and unexpected places.’
On 20 February 2022 Patrick sadly lost his battle with cancer, but his photography lives on and firm plans are in place to realise his vision and publish his photo book: 'Metastatic Intracranial Deposits & Other Stories'.
The group is honoured to include his work in the show, with the help and support of his loving family.
Sorting Donations 2022
Centred around the production of single photographs, my practice functions as an inquiry intoc the place of the constructed photography on the gallery wall. Within each work I view the photography as a spae of intenion and as a set of decisions that create a coherent picture. In approaching the photograph as a constructed space, my aim is to bring an engagement with the form, function and nature of the photographic to the forefront of the viewers' experience with the photograph on the gallery wall.
I work across photography, moving image and objects, with a process-driven and collaborative approach. My work explores what constitutes an identity when we are separated from our mother tongue and mother land and forming connections with a new land and language. My recent work, Wayfinding, documents ephemeral interventions into Irish wetlands inspired by ancient Bronze-age stone carvings in the area
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