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Ophelia #1-4 at Shape Gallery, Westfield Stratford

Posted in Ophelia #1-6, Shape Arts Gallery by npicola on August 8, 2014

Ophelia #1-4 are now exhibiting at the Shape Gallery in Westfield Stratford City.

The exhibition is on until 18th October 2014, with work for sale by 20 artists – including etchings, photography, ceramics and paintings.

The gallery is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm,  at:

Westfield Stratford City, 91/92 The Street, London, E20 1EJ

(nearest station Stratford – Jubilee, Central, DLR, Overground lines)

 

Here’s a shot of my work in situ:

Ophelia #1-4 at Shape Gallery, Westfield Stratford

Ophelia #1-4 at Shape Gallery, Westfield Stratford

Ophelia #1-6 is a limited edition run of 30 sets of hand made original prints, signed recto and mounted on conservation grade board. Print size 12cm x 9cm, mount size 30cm x 42cm.

Although only images 1-4 of Edition 7 are in the exhibition, you can request to purchase the full set of 6.

Here’s an image from the series:

Ophelia #4

Ophelia #4

About Ophelia #1-6:

Ophelia #1-6 is an exploration of the story of Shakespeare’s Ophelia, made in response to studying previous artistic interpretations of the text.  Combining underwater digital photography with alternative printing, this series studies the destruction and turmoil that lies beneath the romanticism and serenity suggested in traditional representations of her fate, both in image and process.

After creating these underwater photographs I repeatedly printed and re-photographed them using lo-fi techniques to intensify and degrade them. In the final stage I used the now discontinued Polaroid 669 film to make water-based emulsion lifts onto textured watercolour paper; the destructive yet delicate nature of the process continuing the themes of the subject matter.

You can see the full set on my website.

 

About Shape Arts:

The Shape Gallery showcases some of the UK’s most exciting disabled artists, featuring contemporary works by both well-known names and new talent, bringing vibrant energy to Westfield Stratford’s stylish outdoor quarter, ‘The Street’.  Right by the Olympic Park, Westfield Stratford City is Europe’s largest urban shopping and leisure centre.

In case you want to know what exactly you’re looking for – here is a photograph of Shape’s lovely light and spacious gallery, right next to lots of cafes selling tasty food.

Shape Gallery, The Street, Westfield Stratford

Shape Gallery, The Street, Westfield Stratford

 

 

Chasing shadows in RED – Hackney WickED 2014 documentation

Posted in Chasing Shadows, Hackney WickED! by npicola on August 5, 2014

A massive THANK YOU! to Hackney WickED and Lab Film Projects for including my work in this year’s programme – Very Moving Pictures.

To see the film in full click here – it’s best viewed at about 2-3m high. To see at the original photographs take a look at my website.

Here are a couple of photographs of my film as it was shown in the Cinema Lounge.

This version  has a more constant pace than the rhythmic original (shown at Islington Exhibits 2013) and emphasises the built up layers that appear within the transitions.

Chasing Shadows (ivy / wire window transition) - Hackney WickED Cinema Lounge projection

Chasing Shadows (ivy / wire window transition) – at Hackney WickED / Lab Film Projects

One of my long term aims with this piece is to show it in places where it can interplay with it’s surroundings – such as passing car lights and street lights, real-world shadows, shapes etc. I’d not previously had a chance to test this idea, until now.  But thanks to the quirks of photography I was able to pick up some images that also absorbed the ambient light – with some amazing effects!  (I must stress that it didn’t look like this to the naked eye – more like the first picture above)

Chasing Shadows (house / steps transition) in red

Chasing Shadows (house / steps transition) in red – at Hackney WickED / Lab Film Projects

I’m now even more keen to project this series in every-day places, so will start the hunt now ready for a good evening location that I can use when the clocks go back!

Cornish hedges in F-Stop Magazine, online now!

4 images from my new series – Cornish Roads (hedges) – have been selected for this month’s F-Stop Magazine’s August 2014 Group Exhibition, ‘On the Road’.

F-STOP MAGAZINE is an online photography magazine featuring contemporary photography from established and emerging photographers from around the world. Each issue has a theme or an idea that the unites the photographs to create a dynamic dialogue among the artists.

See the whole group exhibition here, or click here to scroll straight through to my images.

B3306

B3306 (ragwort, common sorrel, red campion, hedge woundwort)

Created using a mobile phone camera, this series documents a small sample of the vibrant hedges lining Cornwall’s 4,500 miles of twisting ancient roads that have grown out of simple tracks since Neolithic times. Although they appear wild, the original hedges are man-made and are tended on an annual basis.

Speeding through the flowers, leaves and grasses as they tumbled over each other, I was captivated by the vivid colours that reflected the abstract, modern art of the region.  I couldn’t help but acknowledge how fleeting my presence is in comparison to the many years that these flowers have bloomed.

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B3306 (bracken, cocks foot)

Cornish Roads (hedges) is part of a larger body of work that I’m slowly building – Roadside Planting.   You can also see more images from this series and body of work on my twitter and instagram pages.

Chasing Shadows at Hackney WickED!

Posted in Chasing Shadows, Hackney WickED! by npicola on July 31, 2014

Chasing Shadows (multilayered silent film) will be showing at this year’s Hackney WickED festival, in the Lab Film Projects Cinema Lounge!

About Hackney WickED:

Hackney WickED is an annual arts festival taking place all around Hackney Wick, London from 1st August.

The festival is a dynamic force for promoting local culture – dedicated to providing a platform for artists to showcase their work alongside established and international names.

About the Lab Film Projects Cinema Lounge:

Screenings and performances of contemporary artist’s film and video, alongside live audio-visual performance and installation. Exciting, surprising, innovative and challenging, with appearances by directors and artists, the cinema is personal and engaging, and the place to see cutting-edge moving image works.

Times:

Chasing Shadows will be in the Experimental Film section of the main programme which also includes live performances halfway through.  The two programmes run from 12-7.30pm on Saturday 2nd August (experimental films towards the end) and 12-7.30pm on Sunday 3rd August (experimental films first).

Location:

Swan Wharf, 2nd Floor Cinema Lounge, 60 Dace Road, Hackney Wick, London, E3 2NQ

Chasing Shadows - steps

Chasing Shadows – steps

Chasing Shadows is a night journey, a peaceful sleepwalk through a silent world bereft of people.  As the evening light transforms the everyday into a dreamlike state, familiar urban landscapes disappear underneath resilient vegetation.

For this series I used long exposures on 35mm black and white film to record the contemplative stillness of the night, the only movement in the wind blowing through leaves. I hand printed the images with lith developer on old fibre based paper to create single edition prints with a tactile quality and degraded aesthetic reminiscent of illustrative drawing or etching.

Winning a 2013 Islington Exhibits Artists Award, I was commissioned to rework the images into a large-scale projection installation for solo exhibition, which I have since further refined using multiple exposure layering of the images. The projection paradoxically represents the frozen moments as transitory echoes of the original, each dissolving into the next in a slow, rhythmic loop.

Here is some documentation of the original projection installation:

Chasing Shadows - time based projection installation

Chasing Shadows – projection

Click here to see the film

Click here to see more of the series

Lensculture Emerging Talent 2014 – early favourites

Posted in LensCulture, Ophelia #1-6 by npicola on July 30, 2014

I’ve just stumbled across this and leapt out of my seat!

Ophelia’s in the middle of the second row

This is an album of editors favourite entries to their 2014 Emerging Talent competition (when you’re scrolling through I’m at 149).

Here’s a link to the album: https://www.lensculture.com/articles/jim-casper-collection-test-jc-1-july-2014

Ophelia #1

Ophelia #1

Although I didn’t make it to the top 50, there were thousands of entries from 94 countries so I’m really happy to have had my work showcased in this album and on their facebook page as part of the competition.  Congratulations to the winners!

Too see more from my Ophelia series take a look at my website

…late additions (Alma Street Fair today!)

Today!!   Sunday 27th July, from 12-7pm at Alma Street and Inkerman Road, NW5, London

As well as 5 complete sets (and a handful of single images) of the Ophelia series, I’ve some teeny tiny prints of other photographic works – some new, some not so new, and a couple of my old favourites too.

The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

Perfect for small budgets, prints include a selection of interesting trees and plants, a striking section of rock (which reminds me of the Boyle family), and an impressive bird – a new image from the series Heralds (faded glory).

Heralds (faded glory)

Heralds (faded glory)

Regents Park, spring 2014

Regents Park, spring 2014

There’ll also be 6 prints from my new series Cornish Roads (hedges) – more information on this work later but here’s an image from the series:

Cornish B Roads (hedgerows)

Cornish B Roads (hedgerows)

There are two stages, and lots of lovely food and goodies for sale on Alma Street.

Inkerman Road is also transformed into an outdoor art gallery filled with exhibitions, print sales and art workshops.  This is where you’ll find me from 12-7pm.

 

You can follow this year’s festival on twitter: @AlmaStreetFair

Or you can read more about it here: http://www.kentishtowner.co.uk/2014/07/23/alma-street-fair-back-back-back-plus-two-check/

For one day only… Sunday 27th July, NW5

Posted in Ophelia #1-6, other sales by npicola on July 25, 2014

On Sunday 27th July I’ll be at this year’s Alma Street Fair, selling original limited edition prints from my series Ophelia #1-6.

This annual festival across Alma Street and Inkerman Road, NW5 celebrates the diverse talents of Kentish Town, London.

The fair is on Sunday 27th July, from 12-7pm at Alma Street and Inkerman Road, NW5, London

There are two stages, and lots of lovely food and goodies for sale on Alma Street. Inkerman Road is also transformed into an outdoor art gallery filled with exhibitions, print sales and art workshops.  This is where you’ll find me and my Ophelia prints – with complete sets and individual prints for sale.  I might also be showing some new work too – more on that later.

This is my first year at the festival so I’m very excited to be taking part! Fingers crossed for good weather!

 

Ophelia #1 - Polaroid emulsion lift
Ophelia #1 – Polaroid emulsion lift

 

Ophelia #1-6

Ophelia #1-6 is an exploration of the story of Shakespeare’s Ophelia, made in response to studying previous artistic interpretations of the text such as Waterhouse and Millais.  Combining underwater digital photography with alternative printing methods, this series studies the destruction and turmoil that lies beneath the romanticism and serenity suggested in traditional representations of her fate, both in image and process.

This is a limited edition run of 30 sets of hand made original prints, signed recto and mounted on conservation grade board. Print size 12cm x 9cm, mount size 30cm x 42cm.

After creating these underwater photographs I repeatedly printed and re-photographed them using lo-fi techniques to simultaneously intensify and degrade the images. In the final stage I used the now discontinued Polaroid 669 film to make water-based emulsion lifts onto textured watercolour paper; the destructive yet delicate nature of the process continuing the themes of the subject matter.

 

More information:

To find out more about Ophelia #1-6 take a look at my website, more information is here on this blog, or you can contact me directly.

You can follow this year’s festival on twitter: @AlmaStreetFair

Or you can read more about it here: http://www.kentishtowner.co.uk/2014/07/23/alma-street-fair-back-back-back-plus-two-check/

 

 

Barbican Trust Open

Posted in Chasing Shadows, other exhibitions by npicola on May 31, 2014

This print from Chasing Shadows is exhibiting in the 2014 Barbican Trust Open!

Chasing Shadows - steps

Chasing Shadows – steps

 

Curated by David Kefford and Paul Johnson, the exhibition features  30 artists selected from all over the UK.

For more information go to www.barbicanartsgrouptrust.co.uk

 

ArtWorks Open 2014:  7th to 16th of June 2014, 12-6pm every day

Private View:  6th of June 2014, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

ArtWorks Project Space
114 Blackhorse Lane
E17 6AA

 

 

LensCulture Emerging Talent 2014 – week 1 entries

Posted in LensCulture, Ophelia #1-6 by npicola on May 15, 2014

LensCulture have just posted the Editors’ favourite new entries from week 1 of the competition – and mine is included!!

Here’s a link to my photo in the album: Ophelia #1 by Nicola Jayne Maskrey

There’s a great range of photographs – all styles and genres from all over the world.

You can see all of these photographs here: Lensculture Emerging Talent – Week 1 favourites

They’ll be posting weekly installments of new entries right up until the closing date, to their 169,000 followers on their facebook page

 

Ophelia #1 - LensCulture Emerging Talent 2014, week 1 Editors' favourite new entries

Ophelia #1 – LensCulture Emerging Talent 2014, week 1 Editors’ favourite new entries

You can see the rest of this series on my website: www.njmaskrey.com

LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2014

Posted in LensCulture, Ophelia #1-6 by npicola on May 9, 2014

Last night I entered my Ophelia #1-6 series into the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2014

…and today I found this in my newsfeed!

Ophelia #1 on Facebook!

Ophelia #1 on Facebook!

I haven’t stopped smiling all day – it’s so encouraging to get good feedback!

THANK YOU! to LensCulture for sharing my work, and to everyone who’s been liking and sharing it.

Here’s a link to their facebook page where they’re showing a selection of entries, including mine: https://www.facebook.com/lensculture

 

LensCulture is a fantastic organisation that supports and promotes photographers the world over,  so if you’ve got work of your own to share then go for it! You can enter their competition here: www.lensculture.com/emerging-talent-awards-2014

 

You can see the Ophelia #1-6 series in full at www.lensculture.com/npicola, or at my website www.njmaskrey.com.

And if you fancy a spot of shopping you will soon be able to buy limited edition, original emulsion lifts prints from this series at my Artfinder store – or contact me directly if you can’t wait.

 

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