Both these artists work from photographs, Lancaster’s from discarded and forgotten images and Super 8 film, in flea markets and on eBay so with no personal attachment, and Vanriet’s the opposite, from family photographs and those of people in Nazi concentration camps ( where his parents met).
Both artists work has a strong association with memory, which is where I came in on the MA….seems like a long way back…
Whilst I am not working with this imagery at the moment, I have at the start of the course..
with these drawings on cling film ( above)
and ‘found’ slides which I used in some projection experiments
plus these prints on acetate for projection
My work has moved more from personal to collective memory but I’m still interested in artists who do use this imagery for eg Jonny Briggs whose work is very different from this!
All these artist above use photographs as a source with association with memory and time but in different ways.
For me, Lancaster’s paintings had a real painterly materiality and her delicate drawings on the found paper such a contrasting fragility ( all in differing drawing styles, as if by different people…)Vanriet’s work was much more controlled and uses repeated images.Both shows were tender and poignant despite the size of the exhibits.
There is of course a huge contrast with Jonny Briggs, whose work is mainly photographic images.There is a PDF of Questions for Jonny Briggs 13.01.16 that I hope to be able to ask him about is work, at some point.
There was also a work by Matt Collishaw ‘All things fall’ see these images and video. It was astounding. Made apparently using a 3d printer and took a year…..As or much of his work, very beautiful until on closer inspection…… not so in content.
Community -based work
I’m planning some workshops and a gallery visit for people with dementia in association with the local Demetia cafes, in association with the Education Dept at NAGW based on the Laura Lancaster and Jan Vanriet exhibitions and will also start a series with other groups in my community-based work. Many people in the groups enjoy working from family photographs and referencing these artists may help me take them in quite a different direction by being able to discuss the context and prices of these works.