Saturday 21 January 2012

Transcending the Photographic Print

Yellow Dress, 2011

Writer and curator Sue Steward has put together Photo50: The New Alchemists, a great show on at the London Art Fair this year, which features artists who are all experimenting with process and even what we think of as a 'photograph'. A number of works stood out for me in the show, including these pieces by Julie Cockburn.

Boy, 2011

Cockburn is one of 12 artists showing in Photo50, all of whom demonstrate the diversity of photography today. She works with found photography, though alters and adapts it by cutting away elements of the image or adding objects to it, including pieces of plastic or even gum. "Something happens beyond my control with a successful work; it is greater than the sum of its simple parts, becoming a new image with a new history to unfurl," she says in an essay by Steward accompanying the show at the LAF.

Gum Bubble 3, 2011

The Physicist, 2011. All images © Julie Cockburn

Visiting art fairs can often feel like you are entering the sharper, more corporate end of the art world: there is always a lot of great work to see, but the emphasis is more on sales than interesting forms of display. Photo50 at the LAF offers something of a relief from all that selling: it has an interesting, thoughtful theme and some great work on show (some of which is for sale too!). Check it out before the fair closes tomorrow, or find more info here.

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