Frame Thy Fearful Symmetry

30 Oct 2015 – 24 Feb 2016

Collyer Bristow Gallery

London, United Kingdom

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  • Bus: 19, 38, 55, 243,25, 242, 521
  • Tube: Holborn, Chancery Lane

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Collyer Bristow presents Frame Thy Fearful Symmetry, an exhibition organised by the collaborative partnership Hi Barbara.


Frame Thy Fearful Symmetry is a group exhibition of contemporary artists who employ photography and gesture to challenge the authenticity of images. Through manipulation, staging, transformation and performance, the works engage with gesture as both a physical act and as an overt demonstration of authorship in order to frame narratives and represent unrealities. The relationship between vision and the body is also exposed through the direct representation of the link between image and object making and the manipulation of meaning through the ‘hand of the artist’.

The title, taken from William Blake’s famous poem The Tyger, alludes to the writer’s concerns with the relationship between creation, craftsmanship and subjectivity while also referencing the specificity and potential of photography as a medium that can ‘frame’ multiple versions of reality.

Hi Barbara is an evolving initiative set up by Helen Nisbet and Kay Watson to explore the potential of collaboration and collective practice in curatorial and visual art production. www.hibarbara.co.uk

The Collyer Bristow Gallery is a unique gallery space with a dynamic exhibition programme. Collyer Bristow LLP is a UK law firm with offices in London and Geneva. The firm provides business and personal legal advice to a wide range of clients both in the UK and internationally. Collyer Bristow has been championing emerging talent in contemporary art for nearly twenty years.

Exhibiting artists

Tina Hage

David Raymond Conroy

Rachel Maclean Ruth Proctor

Eva Stenram

Tom Lovelace

Richard Wentworth


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