Chloe Ashley – Hold Still

24 Jun 2016 – 17 Jul 2016

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Arts & Crafts at Malt Cross present a solo exhibition of newly developed work by Birmingham- based artist Chloe Ashley, exploring the materiality of photography.


“Digital for storage and quickness. Analog for fatness and warmth.” Adrian Belew

Kindly supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this exhibition presents a continuous investigation of the familiar’s transformation towards the unfamiliar. This new series of works has been developed as part of Ashley’s residency at Eastside Projects, Birmingham in which she set up a fully functioning darkroom.

Rejecting the idea of the flawless photograph, and the processes that accompany it, Ashley instead utilises overexposure, multiple exposure, underexposure, chemical distortion and dyeing alongside sculptural elements. Both obsolete and alchemic in nature, Hold Still explores how we continue to relate to historical methods of image making.


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