Thursday, 12 August 2010

Something new in something just past

This little Magpie attended a private view tonight at a show I'd organised, somewhere I no longer work.  Quite a strange experience, and a little daunting ... and terrible seeing all the things I wanted to do like make nice labels and better info sheets ;) ...

But the work looked brilliant all the same - photography by Martina Lindqvist and Tim Sullivan

Martina Lindqvist: Rågskär Island     

Martina grew up visiting Rågskär Island, off the west coast of Finland, every summer.  These photos that won her the Jerwood Photography Prize in 2008 are intense, brooding images, a creation of personal memories and perceptions.  Rather than try to capture images from the real world, each image in the series is a photo taken of a model made by the artist, using an old snapshot from the family album for inspiration.

Tim's work takes the form of narrative or serial projects, which culminate in books.  He is showing work from his series Naschmarkt - an ongoing photographic survey of a flea market in central Vienna.  Photographing items that are, at the end of the day, disposed of and left behind, he creates a record of these transient artefacts where they would otherwise be forgotten. 

Here is probably my favourite image of his on show:

Tim Sullivan: Naschmarkt

The exhibition is on at The Firestation Arts Centre in Windsor until Saturday 18th September.

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