Wednesday, 30 October 2013

gallery walls: part II

Morning all,

Here's another section of wall for all of you who can't make it to the exhibition and for those of you who can - remember that the exhibition closes this Saturday with our second local (and beyond) artists' gathering at the gallery

untitled, dreams, tea time, m

 to stick in one's throat, you didn't see my face

image titles are from left to right (and clockwise)
and some colours may differ slightly from reality 

Friday, 25 October 2013

gallery walls: part I

Good morning all,

As the end of our 2nd week draws near, we would like to share with you some pictures of the images as they are hung on our gallery walls.

We hope that those of you who can't make it to the gallery will still be able to get a small sense of how the exhibition is organised.

I let myself be bird, Lucid Dream, Amnesia, Portrait in Gedanken
No Name, Painless Steel, ---, Simple Still life
immersion, duckweed, agonic, spell

image titles are from left to right 
and some colours may differ slightly from reality 

Monday, 21 October 2013

"lost and found", our December project

Hi everyone,

here's some info about our December project, a community exhibition of old photographs from family and holiday albums.

You've got time to bring your photographs till the beginning of December. 
We'll be waiting with a scanner and can't wait to see what you find!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

more from the opening

Hi everyone,

We have some more images for you from the exhibition opening, but first of all we'd like to thank all the artists who agreed to participate in the exhibition and to say that the opening was a great success!


Now we'll leave you with this - for those of you interested in the supernatural, we were visited by the ghost of barber's past, just take a look at what appeared on our window midway through the night.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

"from the Black Sea" - the opening

We opened "from the Black Sea" yesterday, so here's a few photos for those of you who couldn't make it - we'll post some more images tomorrow.



Thanks a lot to everyone who attended!

images of "from the Black Sea" installation

Hi everyone,

We just wanted to share some images with you from the installation of "from the Black Sea" (and a couple from the de-install of "collaborators" and the Big Draw event).

Thanks very much to all the artists who agreed to take part and to the Arts Council of Wales for their help in funding the exhibition.


We'll be posting images from last night's opening later this evening

Sunday, 13 October 2013

from the Black Sea: Alexey Ostrovskiy & Andrew Pershin

Alexey Ostrovskiy lives and works in Ukraine; he is a photographer, graphic designer and musician. After turning away from digital photography, Alexey now uses his home-made large format camera. The camera was designed and built by Alexey with the help of his father; after years of working on his technique, he has developed a unique style and camera.

Using his modified lens, photographic paper and alternative techniques, Alexey creates images with a timeless feel. His portraits usually have a sense of longing or distance, his sitters never looking directly at the camera, but away to the distance often as if they are daydreaming.

He also arranges and shoots still-life, his arrangements are classical and have more in common with Flemish paintings rather than contemporary photography. The photos he creates using these techniques are full of symbolism and have a subtle quality that requires a more nuanced viewing.

You can see see more of Alexey's work on his page.

Andrew Pershin is a Russian photographer from Rostov-on-Don. He specialises in analogue photography and uses traditional printing techniques, like lithprints, often experimenting with expired film and paper.

The use of analogue and manual techniques and the colours they give to his photos help Andrew create atmospheric, otherwordly images. Andrew also experiments with mixed media by scanning the original prints alongside different objects, such as pieces of wood or bark, which results in three-dimensional, contemporary pieces.   

His techniques let him render the subject he portrays most often - nature, with trees and landscapes shaped by the seasons, changing colours and light.

You can see see more of Andrew's photographs on his page and those of you lucky enough to speak Russian can follow Andrew's blog on livejournal, where he shares his thoughts on photography (and for those of us who don't speak Russian, the page will make interesting reading with the help of google translate).

Saturday, 12 October 2013

from the Black Sea: Melih Dönmezer and Alexandra Şoman

Melih Dönmezer is a Turkish photographer living and working in Eskisehir, Turkey. Melih works both with film and digital cameras to create atmospheric and conceptual portraits and landscapes. In case of analogue photographs, after printing or scanning his negatives, he then edits them further, adding layers and so could be described as a mixed media artist.

Melih's images are never quite what they seem at first, and engage the viewer by drawing them into a world he creates with his camera. Sometimes he achieves it by the simple addition of colour to a black and white image, or by removing entire sections of image; in one series of portraits he removes or obscures the faces of his subjects, and in another series of landscapes he removes a section the shape of a droplet from the centre of each landscape. Melih uses these techniques to manipulate the composition and context of a scene and by doing so he creates unique imagery. The cameras he enjoys using the most are Wizen SM111and Zenit ET.

You can find more of Melih's photographs on his page and on flickr.

Alexandra Şoman is a Romanian photographer born in Timișoara, currently living in Cluj-Napoca and studying psychology. Alexandra takes digital photos and often arranges them into diptychs and kaleidoscopes. The subject she explores most often in her recent work is city life and interactions between people and public spaces.

Through the use of long exposures and by placing her subjects out of focus, Alexandra renders the experience of urban alienation and captures fleeting signs of human presence in otherwise empty streets. A recurrent theme in Alexandra's photographs is the question of identity in a big city - people only appear in passing, they do not seem to own or inhabit the spaces that they live in, but merely travel through them. 

Alexandra's photography is prevalently black and white, and when she uses colour it's frequently the glow of orange street lamps and headlights that deepen the feeling of non-belonging of humans lost by the roadside and in the city streets.

You can find more of Alexandra's photos on her page.