Author Archives: John Blythe

Workshop Reminder – Alternative ‘Scapes’ at The Old Fire Station, Oxford

Next workshop will be at The Old Fire Station, George St, Oxford on Sat 18th August from 2-4pm.

More info and link to book tickets here https://oldfirestation.org.uk/whats-on/alternative-scapes/

This workshop offers visitors the opportunity to engage with and subvert traditional photographic representations of landscape into something ‘other’. Using old postcards, forgotten holiday brochures and discarded colour slides, visitors will have the opportunity to explore a range of collaging processes to transform these ‘old’ representations of place into something new and spectacular. Let your imagination run free, play and make through a range of processes, use old school slide projectors, your mobile phone camera and high quality digital printers to break down and build the world anew.

Take away a print of your new ‘scape’ and share your creativity online with the hashtag #alternativescapes.

Gallery of examples from previous workshops.

Thresholds Exhibition 9-23 June @ Siggrou 24, Thessaloniki.

My 2016 video project ‘Transitions’ is being shown as part of the Thresholds exhibition by Gonzo Unit (Anna Schwanz & Rachel Murray)

John Blythe​, Transitions, 2016 (excerpt from video) Situated in the realm of light based image making, John’s art practice focuses on the familiar and unfamiliar in the (often repetitive) daily experiences of life, the physical interactions involved in moving from place to place and internally to places of memory, sensation and the ineffable. He interrogates the material, experiential and perceptual nature of these interactions through a practice of attending to the present moment. His work existing as an intermedium between still image, time based media and sound, digital and analogue, process and concept. His interest is as much in the making as in the subject. He explores the conceptual possibilities of the making process in photography, bringing it closer to performance, broadening the potentiality to explore connections between process and meaning. His practice is also informed and supported through the integration of his artist teacher identities. ‘Transitions’ documents the artist’s daily journey and is recorded through one entire day from climbing out of bed to returning to sleep. The work represents an act of attending to the constant change of environment, capturing every change of space or surface under foot, requiring the constant attention of the artist, focusing the mind and the awareness. The chronologically presented clips, captured using a mobile phone, highlight the ever-present eye of digital media and question this often criticised source of distraction and how we perceive our relationship with technology, each other and our surroundings. See more: @johnblythe65

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You can see a preview of the work here 

 

Bath Photography Festival – Real/Unreal

Delighted to have selected images from my project ‘The speed of light, the speed of me’ on show at this years Bath Photography Festival. Visit the Green Park Brasserie until 30th June.

 

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