Author Archives: John Blythe

Artists in Conversation – The Old Fire Station Gallery – 17th March

Chaired by Marion Piper, Cally Shadbolt and I will be supporting our exhibition ‘Accord’ with an Artists in Conversation event on Saturday 17th March at 3pm in the gallery. This will be an opportunity to hear first hand about the work in the gallery space. We will be discussing the background to our personal practice, the development of the work and the unexpected connections and synchronicity of the work that has become apparent as the exhibition came together.

Tickets are free but booking is essential as it’s a small space and numbers are limited. Full details and link to tickets here.

 

Accord – Exhibition Open

My new work ‘The speed of light’ the speed of me’ is now on show at The Old Fire Station Gallery. Many thanks to all of you who came to the Private view last night it was great to have your support and a pleasure to catch up with those of you I haven’t seen in a while.

Both Cally and I will be giving a talk about our work at an Artists in Conversation event at The Old Fire Station on Saturday 17th March, free tickets available here.

Next Exhibition ‘Accord’ – Arts at The Old Fire Station

As part of the Professional Development Award I received last year through the OVADA Seven Counties Open I was offered the opportunity to present new work at the The Old Fire Station Gallery. The new exhibition ‘Accord’ opens on Friday 23rd February 2018 and will present an going experimental project conceived in preparation for this exhibition. The work is called ‘The speed of light, the speed of me’ and explores my daily commute to work in relation to the time it takes light to travel from the surface of the Sun to the surface of the Earth.

Through this new experimental work ‘The speed of light, the speed of me’ I have taken the opportunity to play with photography’s ability to distort time and scale and make the familiar, something other. Through exploring the connections between the playful creativity of art making and the structures and values of universal constants I attempt to orientate the scale of my own existence in relation to the vastness of our globalised world.

Working with some of the earliest photographic processes, cyanotypes (sun prints) and pinhole cameras and combining them with the latest in digital technology, I am exploring conceptual ideas of time and scale through the material behaviour of the captured images. From the fleeting existence of the solargraph, to digital captures with handheld exposures of more than 8 minutes, these works are as much performance as they are image.

Titles:
Top: 51.666385, -1.286916 : 493s handheld digital capture
Middle: 51.672016, -1.280321 : 493s  handheld digital capture
Bottom: 51.688775, -1.248651 : 493s handheld digital capture

Final exhibition of the year!

DREAMFACTORY

OPENS
MONDAY 18 DECEMBER, 6 – 8 PM

@
The Glass Tank, Abercrombie Extension, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford OX3 0BP

MARIANA ACEVEDO/ LAURA BARTON-FOX/ JOHN BLYTHE/ LINDA FRANCIS/ KRISTINA HAWLEY/ REBECCA HERREROS/ HADIS KHOSHBIN/ ISABEL QUADRADO


‘DreaMFActory’ is an interim exhibition of work by students from the MFA Fine Art programme at Oxford Brookes. The show provides an opportunity for these students to test out a range of differing works and projects, some complete and some in progress. Participants in DreaMFActory come from varying disciplinary and cultural backgrounds and include artists from the UK, Chile, Iran, Portugal and the USA. Their work demonstrates a critical engagement with wide ranging concepts and interests ranging from: the authoritative power of text nostalgia and cultural appropriation in the era of Brexit, to the overlooked cultural value of carpet weavers in Iran and human bodies relative to architectural spaces. Other works demonstrate an interest in the curiosity of the everyday providing new ways to address familiar subjects, objects and materials, pushing these to extremes of creative possibilities through practices that ‘exhaust the subject’.

The MFA Fine Art at Brookes is a broad-based programme that includes practice, critical theory and professional studies and  supports our students to develop their own distinctive artistic practice alongside and integrated into a taught theoretical and professional framework. 

The programme provides an inclusive contemporary curriculum that encourages critical engagement, imaginative exploration and creative risk taking. Our students develop and enhance their independent art practice within an environment designed to enable each student to engage with issues relevant to critical, current contexts and debates. They each locate their practice within wider frames of contemporary art and its social, cultural and historical contexts and promote the subject  as a versatile and inclusive academic discipline.

Why not whet your appetite and check out the DreaMFActory catalogue here.

DreaMFActory Exhibition Dates:
Monday, 18 December – Friday, 12 January 2018


Mon – Fri:   9am – 5pm
Sat – Sun:  Closed

The Glass Tank
Abercrombie Extension
Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Oxford OX3 0BP

New Exhibition – Journey Vol:1 @ Nuffield OC

Thanks to Tom Cox for his support in presenting this solo exhibition of my project “Journey Vol:1”

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
Windmill Road
Headington
Oxford
OX3 7LD

Open 9am – 5pm every day.

More information about getting there Here

The exhibition opens on Saturday 8th September 2017 and runs until 9th November.

You can see a video of the full bookwork of this project here

 

Beyond Surface @ The Glass Tank Gallery

Exhibition Dates:
Private View – Monday 19th June 2017, 6-9pm
Show open: 20th June to 21st July 2017
Location: The Glass Tank Gallery, Abercrombie Building, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gypsy Lane, Oxford, OX3 0BP.

It is a privilege to be involved in the Artist Teacher Scheme MA in Education Student Retrospective Exhibition at The Glass Tank Gallery in Headington, Oxford. It is a beautiful space to exhibit in and the range and quality of artworks in the show is exceptional. I am presenting my current work, Lightness of Being.

I am in my third year of the MA and currently working on my final dissertation, it has been a transformative experience in so many ways and I cannot recommend the course enough.

Link to more info https://beyondsurfaceblog.wordpress.com

To celebrate its 10th year, the Artist Teacher Scheme at Oxford Brookes presents work as part of an ongoing enquiry into the professional artist teacher identity, balancing tensions inherent in the dual nature of teaching and making. Making as research and learning with community are key foci for the programme. As such, fluid identity construction and the belief that making generates new knowledge are core concepts underpinning these research projects.

The Artist Teacher Scheme (ATS) is a national programme of Continued Professional Development for art educators, co-ordinated by the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD).

The Oxford Brookes University ATS programme is a pathway on the MA in Education, and is delivered in collaboration with the Pitt Rivers Museum and artist Dionne Freeman.

The Glass Tank Gallery
The Glass Tank Gallery
The Glass Tank Gallery
The Glass Tank Gallery

Beyond Surface Exhibition

Beyond Surface Exhibition at the Glass Tank Gallery

Beyond Surface Exhibition

Beyond Surface Exhibition at the Glass Tank Gallery

Beyond Surface Exhibition

Lightness of Being - the Beyond Surface Exhibition at the Glass Tank Gallery

Beyond Surface Exhibition

Beyond Surface Exhibition at the Glass Tank Gallery

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OVADA Professional Development Award

I am delighted to announce that I have been selected for a Professional Development Award by OVADA for my work ‘A Little Light’ currently on show at the OVADA Seven Counties Open.

The award, supported by The Old Fire Station and Broad Canvas, Oxford will provide me with mentoring, funding and a joint exhibition at The Old Fire Station in early spring 2018. It’s all very exciting and it’s a real boost to my practice to have this work recognised in this way.

Congratulations to Cally Shadbolt who has also been selected for the award and with whom I will be collaborating and exhibiting as part of this award.

Elements of this work will also be exhibited at the Glass Tank Gallery as part of Beyond Surface on show from Jun 19th till July 21st, an exhibition celebrating 10 years of the Artist Teacher Scheme MA in Education at Oxford Brookes, this exhibition showcases individual visual enquiries from artist teachers. The Artist Teacher Scheme is a national programme of continuing professional development for art educators and provides a unique opportunity for artist teachers to be immersed in their own art, craft and design practice. Beyond Surface provides a platform for past and present artist teacher researchers to showcase a diverse range of making practices that communicate these shifting professional identities.

A Little Light exhibited at OVADA

Exhibition Open

The OVADA OPEN is now OPEN!

More info —–>  What’s on at OVADA

It was a great opening night and I really appreciate the support of everyone who came along, I had a good catch-up with people I hadn’t seen in  a while and got some valuable feedback on my work. Better still I had the pleasure of meeting the other artists and making some new friends.

Image from OVADA OPEN Exhibition

Lightness of Being

The installation worked really well, the duratran print from Senecio Editions in Banbury is perfect and makes such a difference to the lighbox effect.

Work will be on show until the 4th June and then transfer to my next exhibition at the Glasstank  Gallery at Oxford Brookes opening on 19th June.