Sandra Jordan: Hidden Beauty
Oct
5
Oct 22

Sandra Jordan: Hidden Beauty

'Hidden Beauty' by Sandra Jordan at Four Corners, London

5th October - 22nd October : Free Entry

OPENING HOURS: 

11:00 - 18:00  Tuesday - Saturday

Venue: Four Corners, 121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 OQN

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L A Noble Gallery in partnership with Four Corners, are delighted to announce the forthcoming exhibition 'Hidden Beauty' with works by Sandra Jordan. This fascinating work will be shown in London for the first time.

Sandra Jordan explores beauty through the device of architecture. Although her subject choices are based upon a gut reaction, the proliferation of Brutalist and Modernist buildings carry a special attraction to Jordan – whose notions of beauty could be described as unconventional. Responding to the societal median of aesthetics she is concerned with what lies beneath, delving deeper and reaching beyond the accepted standardised prettification. They are not merely pictures of buildings, they are portraits of buildings.

Workshop with Sandra Jordan 

Sat 22 October: Artist Led Workshop
Time: 11.00 - 17.00
12 places available*
£150 per person
This is a full-day workshop open to anyone over 18 and would be ideal for those with an interest in pursuing photography both personally and professionally.  Participants are also invited to bring a small portfolio (max 15 images) for a review with LANG Director Laura Noble.

The workshop focuses on improving visual literacy, using architecture and the surrounding streets as your playground. Participants will be exploring the use of elements of design (line, pattern, form) to create stronger images linking them together to create a coherent body of work.

The day will start with short talk by Sandra about her work, after which the group will go off site onto the streets searching for the unseen. Each participant will have the opportunity to spend time working with Sandra on location, whom will answer any questions you may have. This will be followed by a viewing session and group discussion on your images.

You will also have the opportunity to have a portfolio review with LANG Director Laura Noble.

 

Participants are required to bring their own digital camera. Payment secures booking and is non-refundable due to the limited places available.

 

*Please note that there are only 12 places. Payment secures a booking & is non-refundable due to the limited places on the workshop. Enquiries: hello@lauraannnoble.com

Emily Allchurch - In The Footsteps of a Master
Jul
18
Aug 31

Emily Allchurch - In The Footsteps of a Master

  • Djanogly Art Gallery

Emily Allchurch uses photography to recreate old master paintings and prints, creating contemporary narratives. She has reworked compositions by Peter Bruegel the Elder, Utagawa Hiroshige, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Adolphe Valette and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Her works are seamless digital collages, using hundreds of photographs taken in urban environments today.

The complex photographic images have a resonance with place, history, culture and deal with passage of time and the changes to a landscape, fusing contemporary life with a sense of history. The exhibition will showcase Allchurch’s celebrated Tokyo Story and Tokaido Road series, which pay homage to the 19th century Japanese printmaker Hiroshige. Produced as lightboxes, they reveal not only the changing nature of the topography but also the changes to Japanese society and customs. They will be shown alongside rarely seen original Hiroshige woodblock prints.

Also on show is a selection of works with an urban European theme. This includes a recreation on Whistler’s Nocturne: Blue and Silver Cremorne Lights and works inspired by Piranesi’s 18th century etchings of urban fantasies. Allchurch will also show her newly commissioned work for Manchester Art Gallery based on Albert Square, Manchester by French Impressionist Valette, creating a dialogue between the Edwardian and contemporary city. A new artwork inspired by Breugel’s The Tower of Babel will feature at the Djanogly. Depicting the architecture and buildings of London, this work will inspire a series of workshops for families and young people throughout the exhibition exploring the role of urban areas and architecture in our lives.

Based on an exhibition on tour from Manchester Art Gallery with additional works produced by the Djanogly Art Gallery.

To see how you can contribute to the exhibit please click this link.

 

Admission Free

Robert Clayton - Estate
Jun
1
Jun 27

Robert Clayton - Estate

  • Library of Birmingham

Spotlight in Foyer: Free Entry

L A Noble Gallery in partnership with The Library of Birmingham and GRAIN photography hub are delighted to present this exhibition.

All works in the series are available for purchase as limited edition c-type prints from L A Noble Gallery only. For further information please contact us by clicking on this link.

Estate

Shot twenty five years ago on the Lion Farm Estate, in Oldbury, West Midland Clayton’s Estate captures life on a housing estate in the early 1990’s. The works on display masterfully exhibit the real lives of those living there in the 1990’s alongside an appreciation of the architecture that surrounds them. This insightful glimpse into the past also reveals its relevance today as social housing in the UK erodes still further as the welfare state and the ideology that created such places has been worn down by greed and gentrification. Taken from his book of the same name this exhibition is perfectly placed to serve the public as a tacit reminder of the need for social housing.

 

Quotes about Estate:

 

The strength of Clayton’s vision and his work’s usefulness (and poignancy) are founded in its balance. What is special about Estate is Clayton’s humane rendering of it as a time capsule that emphasises ordinariness. This was how it was for millions of people in the early ‘90s. Jonathan Meades – artist, filmmaker & writer

The photographs themselves are so beautifully framed and composed, creating a rather epic feel to these everyday moments. Anyone with an interest in postwar British social history, modernist architecture or street photography should really enjoy ‘Estate’. John Grindrod – Concreteopia author 

Estate book available

Limited Edition of 750 copies Works are taken from his new limited phonebook Estate – published by Stay Free Publishing priced £35 + p&p – containing sixty seven colour plates and essays by Jonathan Meades and Laura Noble. It is available for sale at the Library and is also available from several outlets in the UK. To order online please go to www.stayfreepublishing.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)121 242 4242 (Mon – Fri, 11.00 – 17.00)

Emily Allchurch - In the Footsteps of a Master
Mar
13
Jun 8

Emily Allchurch - In the Footsteps of a Master

  • Manchester Art Gallery

Emily Allchurch: In the Footsteps of a Master 

Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign with The Art Fund, Manchester Art Gallery has commissioned Allchurch to make a new work based on the painting Albert Square, Manchester, 1910 by French Impressionist Adolphe Valette. This is the centrepiece of the exhibition.  Valette, who lived and worked in Manchester for many years, painted atmospheric views of the city, which are a favourite at the museum with residents and visitors alike. His works capture the essence of Manchester at the turn of the 20th century. Allchurch’s updated re-creation of Valette’s Edwardian cityscape reveals Manchester as the 21st Century city it is today, resonant with echoes of its historic past.

The exhibition will also showcase Allchurch’s celebrated Tokyo Story and Tokaido Road series, which pay homage to the 19th century Japanese printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige. Diplayed as lightboxes, her works reveal not only changes to the topography but also to Japanese society and customs. They will be shown alongside a selection of Manchester Art Gallery’s collection of exquisite but rarely seen original Hiroshige woodblock prints and some on loan from our partner, Whitworth Art Gallery.

Allchurch’s works are seamless digital collages, using hundreds of photographs, taken in urban environments today. The complex photographic images have a resonance with place, history and culture and deal with the passage of time and the changes to a landscape, fusing contemporary life with a sense of history.

To view the info on Manchester Art Gallery Website click here.

Tel: 0161 235 8888

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm, including bank holiday Mondays.

Late night opening on Thursday until 9pm.

Closed Good Friday 3 April 2015

Entry is free

Yvonne De Rosa - Hidden Identities: Unfinished
Dec
20
Jun 28

Yvonne De Rosa - Hidden Identities: Unfinished

  • V&A Museum of Childhood

V&A Museum of Childhood will be exhibiting Hidden Identities: Unfinished by Yvonne De Rosa

20 December 2014 – 28 June 2015

Hidden Identities: Unfinished by Yvonne De Rosa examines the lives of children and families living under adverse conditions who have no official identity in their country of residence. “The people I met were amazing, but in terrible conditions, fighting every day for their survival.”

The project was the result of a collaboration with Hope and Homes for Children, an international charity that works to prevent the breakdown of families and to ensure children grow up in a loving environment.

“Hidden Identities Unfinished powerfully demonstrates the strength of character the children have developed. Their sense of personal pride, community spirit and human kindness is to be celebrated and respected” – Sam Taylor Wood, Director and Artist.

Open daily 10.00 – 17.45

Transport: Bethnal Green Tube / Bethnal Green Overground

For print sales please contact hello@lauraannnoble.com

 

Deborah Baker at the William Morris Gallery
Sep
5
Nov 2

Deborah Baker at the William Morris Gallery

  • William Morris Gallery

Please note the the William Morris Gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday 10.00-17.00 Free entry

Deborah Baker’s new limited edition book, scarves and cards will be available at the William Morris Shop throughout the exhibition.

In Paradiso Limited Edition Book for a the special price of £30 (rrp£40) during the exhibition (500 copies)

In Paradiso Deluxe Edition with a print (10 only) also available £200

In Paradiso Limited Edition scarves in 3 designs at £240 (Edition of 50 per design)

In Paradiso Cards £2.40 each in 3 designs

About the artist:

Working in late 1970’s in New York as Ralph Gibson’s assistant and also assisting Mary Ellen Mark and Robert Mapplethorpe, Deborah Baker’s work now resides much closer to home.

Her ongoing series In Paradiso has developed alongside the planting of her woodland garden, which Baker designed and established over the last eight years. Many of the plants are rare and unusual. She continually photographs the area to capture the metamorphosis of their growth and development in the garden.

Challenging the common clichéd representations of plants Baker’s photographs are beautiful, richly coloured, sensuous, and otherworldly. Each image captures the varied conditions of light, time of day to depict the season and cycle of growth and decay.

Botanically, in showing distinct characteristics of many varied species at different seasonal stages, and indicating plant identity and classification Baker gives each image a hybrid title created from fragments of the names of the actual plants photographed, which are recognisable and purposely disordered in their representation.

Within the final processes of the image development is the use and regeneration of a number of photographs. Employing image-editing software, particularly techniques of montage and layering are exploited to increase perception of space within the image, and create complexity with intense visual resonance.

The works emphasise and take advantage of the methods of process and editing unique to digital photographic imagery and also parallels the degradation of the image in analogue photographic processes such as daguerreotypes or glass plate negatives.

*Printed at Genesis Imaging www.genesisimaging.co.uk

 

 

London Life Competition Exhibition
Aug
7
Aug 29

London Life Competition Exhibition

  • Art Bermondsey

Inspired by the parallel social & aesthetic longevity of the Art Deco period – this exhibition reflects both the culturally significant style celebrating beauty for beauty’s sake – the boom of the roaring 1920’s & the bust of the Depression-ridden 1930’s. It was an age of unbelievable wealth, glamour, freedom & decadence where not only artistic but also individual expression broke new ground. The spirit of the lifestyle that this ethos encapsulated, serves as an escape from the current economic climate, just as it did in the 1930’s during The Great Depression. As a time of great social upheaval with millions living in poverty &/or faced persecution on social, political, religious & ethnic grounds the 1930’s gave way to austerity. Drawing upon the many parallels between this period & today this exhibition seeks to explore the lessons we have or have not learned from this time – through the ultimate democratic medium -photography.

1st Prize:

Carlotta Cardana

2nd Prize:

Sheryl Tait

3rd Prize:

Alison J Carr

Congratulations to our winners, and to all finalists whose work was chosen to be exhibited in the London Life Exhibition.

L A Noble Gallery in collaboration with Art Bermondsey  presents the London Life Photography Competition Exhibition featuring 23 finalists with works that capture the current age of austerity & decadence in all its forms. These dynamic, exquisite, challenging & creative images reflect the diversity of photography many of its forms.

In collaboration with:

Art Bermondsey

 1st Floor

183 – 185 Bermondsey Street

London

SE1 3UW

Transport: London Bridge rail & underground station / opposite White Cube Art Gallery

 

Capturing the Narrative - A Visual Exploration of Fact & Fiction
Jun
11
Jul 5

Capturing the Narrative - A Visual Exploration of Fact & Fiction

Featuring works by Brittain Bright, Lottie Davies and Johanna Ward,Capturing the Narrative delves deep into the collective unconscious to tell fables and truths from multiple vantage points including personal histories, folklore, myth and literature.

Each artist’s depictions connect philosophically through the spoken and written word. In her Opening Lines series Brittain Bright re-invents the origins of classic literature depicting scenes and contemporising the text for a modern audience. Lottie Davie’s collected Love Stories project is an ongoing work whereby collected accounts of the circumstances in which couples met are interpreted and embellished with theatrical staging – encompassing the atmosphere and ambience of the original often different accounts of the same encounter. Johanna Ward’s semi-biographical series I shall say goodbye with my strengthening love for you, forever and ever takes its title from a love letter written to her mother by her now divorced father.

To coincide with the exhibition L A Noble Gallery will be running a programme of events each Wednesday evening during the show harnessing photographic narrative and literary themes. There will be spoken word performances inspired by the artist’s works by the authorsCorrine BarberCharlotte HeatherElly Parsons, Charlotte Barrow, Nick Burbidge and Winnie M Li. After Lottie Davies’ talk she will direct a performance by Samuel J Weir.

Lottie Davies:

Love Stories (2012-2014)

Each of us is the result of our parents’ meeting, at some point in the past. Lottie asks questions like, ‘How did your parents meet?’

‘How do you remember meeting your partner? And how does your partner remember meeting you?’

Love Stories is an ongoing photographic and narrative arts project, which will result in an exhibition of large-format photographs, the publication of a small book of collected stories and a permanent online archive.

Chance, determinism, arranged marriages, bumping into someone at a bus stop – in hindsight all of these meeting moments are pivotal in our personal histories. It is these beginnings, and the memories of these meetings, which Love Stories explores and celebrates.

Johanna Ward:

Photographed in Scotland and southern England, across all seasons, I shall say goodbye with my strengthening love for you, forever and everdraws on myth, fairy tales, private emotions and environmental destruction. Johanna Ward depicts a story, which unfolds to reflect on love, land, morality and control. Her images reside in a place where time is not linear and the past, present and future find themselves sharing uncommon ground; the beginning is not the beginning and the end is not the end, and like the filing away of our memories, order is in disarray. This exploration generates an allegorical narrative that is both enchanting and haunting, from the snow covered hills seemingly frozen in time to a forest fire raging sending black plumes of smoke into the veiled sky above the treetops.

Woven within the series Ward reflects upon her own childhood experiences of family through vernacular photographs revealing intimate moments of domestic life coupled with objects such as a flower card full of promises and love letters sent in the late seventies.

Also housed within a handmade artists photobook, I shall say goodbye with my strengthening love for you takes two intertwined but unraveling strands to explore the possibilities of narrative using a combination of landscape, still life and vernacular photography to tell a cautionary tale about certain symptoms that ail our time.

The book comprises of 5 individual volumes inside a hand-bound box. Each book unfolds as a concertina with Hahnemuhle photo rag archival paper in a limited edition of 7.

Brittain Bright:

Brittain Bright’s photographs are deeply rooted in the act of reading and the memory of literature.  She sees the photograph as a way to enter, and participate in, a work of fiction.

By transforming the viewer into a reader, they can enter the narrative space of the image. Mystery novels and notions of suspense play a crucial role presenting a range of possibilities before its solution. Her photographs are a moment from which stories can diverge, allowing many possible interpretations.

Because a photograph is, by its static nature, a fragment of a story, she shows the element of mystery inherent in the medium.  The moment captured by a camera is literally suspended.  Bright’s photographs are like the break at the end of a chapter, which forces a reader to pause at the moment of greatest suspense. She frequently uses long exposures, which require a literal pause — this stillness echoes the narrative structure as well as the physical action of the character who is waiting, experiencing suspense.

By making the sensation of suspense a tangible moment, each photograph is an invitation, created to evoke the possibilities and mystery inherent in the incomplete story.

Still Life & Death - works by Hendrik Faure & Karl Blossfeldt
Mar
12
Apr 12

Still Life & Death - works by Hendrik Faure & Karl Blossfeldt

L A Noble Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition in the UK by German photographer Hendrik Faure featuring works from his series Photogravuren: Pictures on decay, beauty and death, alongside a selection of works by fellow countryman Karl Blossfeldt.

Born in 1951, Faure previously studied medicine in the late 60’s and early 70’s, ultimately specialising in psychiatry, which he still practices today. His photographs, naturally and instinctively display an enormous depth of understanding of the psychological as well as the physical world. Since the 1990’s his focus has been using the fine art techniques of the dark room: hand-coloured photos, cyanotypes, photogravures and mixed media and more recently owing to restricted movement he has concentrated on still life photogravures at his home in Reiffenhausen. Each print can take up to three days to produce and must be done using only one hand.

Alongside Faure’s work L A Noble Gallery will be displaying a selection of photogravures of Karl Blossfeldt from his book Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature). Blossfeldt published this work in 1928, preceding Faure by seventy years at the age of sixty-three, coincidentally the same age as Faure today.  Blossfeldt’s plant structures complement the forms from nature predominant in Faure’s work and the still life genre accentuates the transience of both life and the photographic moment. The product of both artists is also the result of painstakingly detailed work in the studio and carefully calculated studies in formal arrangement.

To view their personal pages of Karl Blossfeldt and Hendrik Faure click here.

Chris Steele-Perkins - Japan Suit
Nov
20
Feb 1

Chris Steele-Perkins - Japan Suit

  • L A Noble Gallery

L A Noble Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of photographs made in Japan by world-renowned Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins. The exhibition opens 21 November – 1 February. Please note on the last day we will be closing at 4pm.

This exhibition runs concurrent with Japan 400 who are also celebrating the four hundredth anniversary of Japanese-British relations.

Japan Suite‘ Limited edition prints by Chris Steele-Perkins are as follows:

Small: 16″ x 12″ Edition of 6 + 2AP’s

Large: 20″ x 24″ Edition of 4 + 2AP’s

For prices please contact the gallery.

PHOTOBOOK SALE: Tues – Sat  11 – 6

A wide variety of photo books, with rare and limited, signed editions to buy. Prices from as little as 50p !

Come and find a bargain!

UPCOMING COURSES:

‘Collecting For Beginners’

Tuesday January 28th 6 – 9

For more info http://www.lauraannnoble.com/courses/

Places limited!

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in Burma, Chris Steele-Perkins grew up in England from the age of two. This multi award-winning photographer began working as a freelance photographer from 1970 moving to London in 1971. Social concerns within British cities and poverty at home and abroad have been a constant in his work, throughout a prolific career.

Steele-Perkins joined the Viva agency in 1976. His first monograph The Teds was published in 1979, in the same year he joined Magnum Photos. This work now stands as a seminal series documenting the life and play of this distinctive subculture, resulting in classic imagery firmly placed in the photographic canon.

This multi award-winning photographer has also worked extensively in Afghanistan, Africa Central America, Lebanon and Japan. His photographs explore the lives and situations of his subjects with respect and informed compositions, always revealing the humanity within them. His work in Afghanistan was taken over the course of four years in the centre of the complicated civil war. Ordinary people are sensitively pictured trying to cope with the realities of war. The animated photograph of a bushkashi game places Steele-Perkins at the forefront of the action, as he has continued to be throughout his career.

He is currently accepting volunteers to sit for his Londoners: The New British project.

To see full details of this project, or to volunteer to participate please see our newsletter and click this link.

For press enquiries please contact us at hello@lauraannnoble.com

Deborah Baker - In Paradiso
Oct
20
Nov 16

Deborah Baker - In Paradiso

  • L A Noble Gallery

In this long-awaited debut UK exhibition Deborah Baker’s series In Paradiso which has delighted audiences in Amsterdam at the Unseen Photo Fair this summer.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Working in late 1970’s in New York as Ralph Gibson’s assistant and also assisting Mary Ellen Mark and Robert Mapplethorpe, Deborah Baker’s work now resides much closer to home.

Her ongoing series In Paradiso has developed alongside the planting of her woodland garden, which Baker designed and established over the last eight years. Many of the plants are rare and unusual. She continually photographs the area to capture the metamorphosis of their growth and development in the garden.

Challenging the common clichéd representations of plants Baker’s photographs are beautiful, richly coloured, sensuous, and otherworldly. Each image captures the varied conditions of light, time of day to depict the season and cycle of growth and decay.

Botanically, in showing distinct characteristics of many varied species at different seasonal stages, and indicating plant identity and classification Baker gives each image a hybrid title created from fragments of the names of the actual plants photographed, which are recognisable and purposely disordered in their representation.

Within the final processes of the image development is the use and regeneration of a number of photographs. Employing image-editing software, particularly techniques of montage and layering are exploited to increase perception of space within the image, and create complexity with intense visual resonance.

The works emphasise and take advantage of the methods of process and editing unique to digital photographic imagery and also parallels the degradation of the image in analogue photographic processes such as daguerreotypes or glass plate negatives.

*Printed at Genesis Imaging www.genesisimaging.co.uk

Summer Salon
Jul
17
Sep 7

Summer Salon

  • L A Noble Gallery

The L A Noble Gallery is proud to announce its first Summer Salon. The gallery will be situated at Maybe A Vole, Dalston, where the Summer Salon will open on 17 July and run till 7 September.

Setting a pattern for future years, the inaugural Salon will show the work of several of the gallery’s artists as well as several selected individuals. In addition there will be an evening events programme aimed at emerging photographers and new collectors alike.

The chosen work for the Summer Salon 2013 demonstrates a decidedly seasonal horticultural theme:

Artists include:

Brittain Bright, Chris Steele-PerkinsColin Coutts, Deborah Baker, Herb Schmitz, Kate Owens, Mischa Haller, Philipp Wülfing, Robert Clayton, Robert D. Philips, Yvonne De Rosa, Anne Leigniel, Bertil Nilsson and David Partner.

 

 

Lottie Davies: Memories and Nightmares
Apr
5
May 4

Lottie Davies: Memories and Nightmares

  • The CASS

Davies’ work is concerned with stories and personal histories, the tales and myths we use to structure our lives: memories, life-stories and beliefs.  She takes inspiration from classical and modern painting, cinema and theatre as well as the imaginary worlds of literature. She employs a deliberate reworking of our visual vocabulary, playing on our notions of nostalgia, visual conventions and subconscious ‘looking habits’, with the intention of evoking a sense of recognition, narrative and movement.

Lottie Davies’ unique style has won her recognition and numerous awards, including the Association of Photographers’ Awards, the International Color Awards, and the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Awards. She has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA. Davie’s work has garnered international acclaim with the image Quints, which won First Prize at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Awards 2008 at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and with Viola As Twins – from the series Memories And Nightmares, which won the Photographic Art Award, Arte Laguna Prize in Venice in 2011.