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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

Oxfordshire Artweeks

I am delighted to announce I am opening my studio this year as part of the Oxfordshire Artweeks Event.

Opening Times:
Sat14th May 11-6pm
Sun 15th May 10-4pm
Thurs 19th May 11-8pm (Late Opening)
Sat 21st May 11-6pm
Sun 22nd May 10-4pm

I will be posting regular updates highlighting works that will be available for the exhibition, follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/BlytheFoto for the latest news.

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Some images from the OVADA Exhibition

Some images from the group show at OVADA last week.

The show was a great success with approx 300 visitors over the weekend. We all enjoyed the collaborative experience and the challenge of working in the OVADA space. A big thanks to Lucy and all the team at OVADA for their help and support.

We came together as a group through the MA in Education (Artist Teacher Scheme) at Oxford Brookes University (we are all in our second year) and although we all have very different focuses in our creative work, as a group we found lots of common ground in our objectives.

This has been my first significant show for some time and it has highlighted some key point for me in regard to using the exhibition process to focus and motivate my making and also the value of working with others. This was a particularly successful collaboration in my view, I’ve never worked quite in this way before so having such a positive experience has been a great benefit.

For the time being I have to focus on more imminent deadlines such as Oxfordshire ArtWeeks but I am looking forward to an opportunity for us to get together as a group again in the future.