Tom Saunderson : Study in Archive (i)

15 Apr 2011 – 14 May 2011

Son Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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Tom Saunderson : Study in Archive (i)


In his second solo-exhibition at Son Gallery, Tom Saunderson presents new work which explores his complex relationship with the hundreds of photographs he has collected over the past six years. In Study in Archive (i) he unearths material which has been left dormant: Using various techniques, including digital manipulations and hand-drawn amendments, he reanimates them in an intensive interaction with the personal history that his archive represents. As well as photographs taken with artistic intention, Archive (i) also contains commissioned documentary material and personal photographs. Whilst Saunderson took most of the photographs himself, a number were made by people who he trained in participatory projects. A new series of works are digitally manipulated images whose originals depict a wide range of subjects; from friends and relatives at home, to French Marines in Kosovo and the citizens of townships in Johannesburg. These images are leveled by colourful graphic spots that are positioned playfully, but jarringly, across the photographic surface. A second series consists of reworked images taken by the young photographers who Saunderson trained in participatory projects. The photographs have a candid intensity to them, the reality of which the artist feels has been lost in the time they have rested in his archive. Responding to this Saunderson makes a series of hand-drawn geometric marks, scoring the face of each photograph and providing new vectors from which to view them. The final group of prints are characterized by their emptiness. Saunderson values the uncomplicated honesty of these archived images in contrast with the many half-remembered faces and events which he fi nds them alongside. Study in Archive (i) refl ects the artist's interest in the confl ict between the availability of information and the problems we have in processing and storing this information. Saunderson questions the methods and reasons for producing and viewing our world with a photographic eye.

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