cueB gallery is proud to present Expressive Form, an exhibition that brings together four artists, with differing backgrounds, style and age exploring the subject of form through the medium of photography. Javier Molina, Cleo Cameron-Borthwick, Dan Carroll and Stevan Borthwick are presenting a collection of work ranging from body form to urban shapes and textures. In some instances, there is an emotional intent behind the work capturing the creative art through flexing and contorting bodies, in others it is Natures own form and the simple juxtaposition between place and its elements and ideas that transpire from it.
With the popularity of digital photography, everyone can now be a photographer, or rather take photographs. There is nothing on this earth that has not been photographed. But not every photograph is a good photograph, much less art. What lifts photography to the level of art is the effort of the photographer to interpret reality, and not with ready made apps or action scripts. We cannot be forced by the tool, the instrument of our expression. It is absolutely essential to control that tool. I have followed Alfred Stieglitz's motto: "It is not what I see but how I see it". Therein the difference.
These photographs are taken from the ongoing project ‘Silvertown’ (2013 - ). Without staging or interference, choosing to work only with available materials, I make repeated journeys around the city to examine and photograph my neighbourhood. Though the work is inevitably about a specific place, it aims to skirt the typical insistence on narrative convention (that ’straight’ photography suffers from especially), looking beyond that to focus on the idea of how a place and its physical components fit together. Photographing mostly in strong natural light, the theatre of the real is a stage to reject the documentary tradition and further investigate the line of photography as evidence. This is the photographer as dear wanderer, avoiding sentimentality and sensation, trying to outrun narrative and make a whole from the disparate parts collected along the way.
I am 21 and in my final year of my degree studying film and television aspiring to become an artistic director. Aside from this I have always loved photography and it's many ways of telling stories and initiating a sense of emotion for the viewer as well as myself. For this theme "Expressive Form" I chose to promote the ongoing issue of mental health in the UK and give my take on it. Suffocated by the pure white water represents the mask we often use to hide our vulnerability.
My role as a former head teacher of a primary school meant I could only focus at certain times on my photography. I consider myself fortunate to have spent a considerable amount of my free time traveling the world during the summers. However, more recently I have been working with individuals as muses and models. I am particularly keen to represent the body form through my work. This collection, forms part of an on going project featuring dancers who often perform as visual backdrops to other performers such as FKA Twigs and Rita Ora and many others. It portrays the art of these dancers known as flexing or "Bone Breaking".
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