Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows in Budapest!

Chasing Shadows – wire window is featuring in the group exhibition ‘Stories’ by PH21 Gallery, Budapest.

Organised by PH21 Gallery, the exhibition is hosted by the Werk Stílus és Kommunikációs Akadémia

“Looking at a photograph may allow for understanding much about the past leading up to the captured moment; it may also enable the viewer to imagine the possible futures evolving from the frozen record of the here and now” Zsolt Batori

To see all of the photographs in the exhibition, read the juror’s review, or to buy a copy of the Exhibition Book  click here

Chasing Shadows - wire window

Chasing Shadows – wire window

The exhibition runs from 2nd – 22nd September 2014, open Monday to Friday  10am-6pm.

Werk Stílus és Kommunikációs Akadémia
Saletrom Loffice
Saletrom St. 4.
Budapest,
Hungary 1085

It’s about 3 minutes from the Rakozci Square Metro station of the new Metro line (Line 4) or about 10 minutes from Blaha (Line 2) or Corvin (Line 3).

PH21 Gallery is a contemporary exhibition space established in 2012 in Budapest, Hungary. The mission of the gallery is to provide group and solo exhibition opportunities and international exposure for contemporary photographers around the world. They have hosted a number of inspiring shows featuring talented photographers from all corners of the world.

Their website also functions as a virtual gallery, and all photographs included in their exhibitions are presented on the website.

Chasing shadows in RED – Hackney WickED 2014 documentation

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 look 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!

Chasing Shadows at Hackney WickED!

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

Barbican Trust Open

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

 

 

Chasing Shadows – for projection

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. 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 a lo-res version of the film for projection:

Documentation of the projection installation:

Chasing Shadows - large scale projection

Chasing Shadows – large scale projection

To find out more about Chasing Shadows:

click here to find out about exhibitions or related work
or take a look at my website to see the full images (print and projection)

Come find me on Artfinder…

You can now find me, and buy limited or single edition prints, at my Artfinder shop: www.artfinder.com/npicola.

Artfinder is a global marketplace for affordable authentic art, connecting independent artists and galleries with art lovers.

With a wide range of paintings, photographs and prints from artists all over the world, Artfinder artists only sell single or limited edition works. You can search for individual artists, or browse by media,price range, or theme.

My work for sale includes:

  • Single edition hand made lith prints and selected limited edition reproduction Giclee prints from ‘Chasing Shadows
  • Limited edition Giclee prints from ‘Adventures in a Suburban Garden‘, as well as this table is sad…‘, and also ‘…and then I was the wind
  • Limited edition hand made Polaroid Emulsion Lifts from ‘Ophelia #1-6′ as well as selected limited edition reproduction Giclee prints (coming soon)
  • I’ll also be selling selected limited edition Giclee prints of other single works and series – ranging from time to time

Here are some examples of what you can find:

Chasing Shadows - steps

Chasing Shadows – steps

this table is sad because no one is sitting at it one is sitting at it

this table is sad because no one is sitting at it one is sitting at it

Night Tent (St Ives)

Night Tent (St Ives)

You can buy work outright directly from artists as well as galleries, and also buy art now and pay later in installments through Artfinder’s interest free credit scheme.  Buyers are protected by Artfinder’s free Refund and Returns policy

Space for art. Space for film.

Creative Islington’s Networking Event launches Islington Exhibits 2014, at Resource for London N7 6PA on Tuesday 25 Feb 2014, 6.30 – 8.30pm.

Hosted by Creative Islington in collaboration with Islington Exhibits, Reel Islington & Resource for London, bookable advice surgeries and talks throughout the evening.

 

UPDATE AFTER EVENT : 

At the event I spoke (very briefly) about what it was like to take part in last year’s Islington Exhibits Arts Festival as one of the Artists Awards Winners. 

Here’s a very complimentary review of the whole evening: http://hollowaylife.net/portfolio/space-for-art-space-for-film-networking-event/

 

Find out more about how to get involved with Islington Exhibits, whether you are a local artist, crafts person, film maker, arts organisation, local venue or business.

 

And here’s a shot of my installation from last year’s festival:

Chasing Shadows - time based projection installation

Chasing Shadows – time based projection installation

Chasing Shadows – rear projection tests

Here is my first test shot of Chasing Shadows rear-projected into a window space, so that it can be viewed by passers by from the street outside.  Although very rough around the edges still, I especially like how the reflection of the lit window interacts with the piece, creating another (colourful, live) layer within the otherwise frozen monotone narrative.

Fingers crossed it’ll still work when I scale it up!

Chasing Shadows street level projection - test 01

Chasing Shadows street level projection – test 01

This great article by The Mixed Reality Laboratory, Nottingham, UK was really helpful in working out suitable medium to project onto – I’d recommend it to anyone exploring with projection based installation.

represented by Millennium Images!

I’m really pleased to be able to say that Millennium Images are now handling reproduction rights for selected images from my portfolio. Representing an interesting range of amazing photographers Millennium sells reproduction rights and arranges commissions.

The selection includes work from the series’ ‘Adventures in a Suburban Garden‘, ‘Chasing Shadows‘, ‘Ophelia #1-6‘, and ‘this table is sad because no one is sitting at it‘, as well as some single images.  Here are a few examples:

Old Coffee Cup

Old Coffee Cup

this table is sad because no one is sitting at it

this table is sad because no one is sitting at it

Adventures in a Suburban Garden

Adventures in a Suburban Garden

Heralds 035n35

Heralds (faded glory)

Ophelia #1-6

Ophelia #1-6

Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows

There are more images available on the Millennium website – if you are interested in using my work for commercial purposes please either search for me at Millennium, or contact me directly if you can’t find what you’re looking for there.

New exhibition of Chasing Shadows prints!

The Maya Centre has invited Bekki Perriman and myself to exhibit our work as part of the launch of it’s new home in Islington!

The launch is on 19th September, with patrons  Melissa Benn, and MP Jeremy Corbyn joining the celebrations.

The Maya Centre provides free long term counselling and psychological support to women who have experienced severe trauma through domestic violence, abuse in childhood or overseas in war and conflict. It is a not for profit specialist counselling service run by women, for women.

Bekki and I are both showing work related to our award winning exhibitions at Islington Exhibits 2013 – in my case it’s 5 of the original prints from the Chasing Shadows series.

Chasing Shadows - steps

Chasing Shadows – steps

To see more images from the series take a look at my website

The exhibition is available for viewing by appointment only, please contact me for more information.