James Pfaff: Alex & Me
Apr
19
to Jun 1

James Pfaff: Alex & Me

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Artist Talk: Saturday 28th April 3pm. James Pfaff and Francesca Seravalle in conversation, moderated by Tim Clark (1000 Words magazine)

Alex & Me by James Pfaff (b Glasgow, 1965) is an artistic reappropriation of his archive, a tribute to a significant broken love, an authentic road trip through North America in the late summer of 1998 - Toronto to New Orleans and then back north by way of New York City.

Amongst the many works in the show, the neon installation “Ever been changed by someone? immediately interrogates visitors on the importance of the autobiographical in his creative process. The show, a retrospective touching on the role of obsession in artistic research where the author utilises his archive and ephemera to help rebuild fractured memories. 

Alex & Me, the exhibition and book, were developed in a tandem process between James Pfaff & Francesca Seravalle. After the success of the book, published by Danilo Montanari Editore (2016) shortlisted at Cosmos – Rencontres d’Arles 2016 by Erik Kessels, Pfaff along with curator Seravalle reunite to bring the work reappraised in exhibition form. The exhibition will introduce unseen photographs, new mixed media installations, painted objects and a selection of Pfaff's collection of journals made over the period of the last two decades. The vast majority of pieces presented are unique and unreproducible and have an imperfect beauty likened to the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic so crucial to Pfaff: always reflecting the realities of transience and the imperfections of life.

Pfaff uses the photographic medium to allow him to find and analyse contamination and the many uncontrolled interventions playing out in the background of their trip - the lives of others, places and the political atmosphere in the United States during the Clinton era. 

Curated by Francesca Seravalle.

Programmed as part of Glasgow International 2018 'Across the City'.

Images: © James Pfaff

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The Body Up North
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Body Up North

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Photographic artist and Redeye member Natalie Wardle returns to host an evening with talented Northern photographers whose work looks at the human form in visual art and performance. Speaking alongside Natalie will be Lucy Ridges and Michael Savage.

This event is for anyone interested in art or photography concerned with the human form, performance art and photography from the North of England. 

Free Registration / £3 Donation / £6 Donation

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Natalie Wardle is a visual artist/photographer from Manchester. Her work looks at how women constrict their bodies to fit in with society’s ideal body types, exploring shapewear and tape that is placed over nipples to both cover and repress their form. She graduated with a BA in Photography from Manchester School of Art. From this, she has exhibited around England and internationally in exhibitions such as Modern History at The Atkinson (Southport) curated by Lynda Morris and Two Night Stands at the Cooper Gallery (Dundee) co-curated by Lynda Morris and the Cooper Gallery. She also attended Canadian artist residency Naked State as part of Arts Unfold. Control Pant Symphony has been developed further with funding from Random Acts North (Tyneside Cinema, True North, HOME) funded by Arts Council England, will be appearing on Channel 4's Random Acts this year and has been exhibited at Playback festival at the ICA, London.

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Recent Leeds Arts University graduate Michael Savage is a freelance photographer and curator at Pupil Sphere whose work addresses the intimacy of human condition. While his first self-publication human / nature deals with the love and longing of rural environments, his most recent – In Formalities – traces the discourse around form and gender politics yet subverts the manner in which ‘beauty’ is conveyed, studying the body as a sculptural, sexual and performative entity. Pleasure Principles, his collaborative exhibition with Alexandra Hayter, is open at Leeds' Village Bookstore & Gallery until April 15th.

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Lucy Ridges is a visual artist working primarily with analogue photography and traditional mark-making techniques. Her primarily practice-based work and particular interest in process are intent on revealing humans' affective relationship with the natural world. Lucy has a Masters in Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University (2011) after completing a BA in Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire and now works from Rogue Artist Studios, Manchester. Recent residencies and exhibitions include Nes Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland (2015); The Lucky Jotter International Arts Showcase 8th Exhibition, The Gallery, Blackpool (2016); Astronomy and Light, Bankley Gallery, Manchester (2017).

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CU Perspective
May
16
to May 25

CU Perspective

Perspective is the degree show exhibition of the 2018 graduating class of the BA (Hons) Photography degree at Coventry University. Running from the 16th to the 25th of May 2018 The Box, Fargo Village, Coventry. With a private view on the evening of the 18th. Collectively, the work of the 30 emerging artists showcased explores a broad range of concepts and methodologies, demonstrating fresh and innovative approaches to how the photographic medium can be used as a form of creative expression and visual communication today.

Help support our exhibition by donating via our Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/perspectiveexhibition

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