Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Thumbs up from the Yorkshire Evening Post's Oliver Cross...

Now...This (2006) Oil and acrylic on eighteen individual gesso panels 20cm x 30cm x 2.5cm each. Total size variable
Eighteen snapshot images painted in oil and acrylic on gesso panels. Many of the images are painted reproductions of photographs that were donated as part of a project concerning the demise of conventional 'analogue' photography in the digital age. 
As a starting point, influenced by my working methods with film, I had the idea of using found imagery bringing in an element of chance and working from images that each had their own self-contained narrative. The format would be uniform and set so the final results could be arranged in different configurations.
I sent a call out requesting photographs but with the stipulation that I was only interested in those that people had considered to be mistakes; the photos that hadn’t turned out, where heads were cropped, colours over-exposed, etc., in many ways, photographs that people simply hadn’t got round to throwing away.
The response was huge and the conversation I had started brought some amazing stories and insights. As a result I amassed a varied (and sometimes bizarre) selection of images that spanned many decades.
I became fascinated with the idea of these photographs capturing a moment, perhaps insignificant, sometimes by accident, and what these particular images could tell us about how we see ourselves, how we document our lives and what of our past we choose to preserve. A moment recorded, albeit in error, revealing much about small aspects of a life lived - recorded at a level of detail deemed insignificant enough to throw away. 
To me these became important images in their own right, images that, with the advent of digital photography, the ‘re-touched’ photographs of glossy magazines, and the knowing self consciousness of the Facebook era, would either not exist in the first place or would be erased at the point of shooting for being less than perfect.
Oliver Cross, Yorkshire Evening Post, Friday 9th July 2010

The Waste Land exhibition

The Waste Land preparatory work on display in Leeds Central Library as part of the REAL-TIME exhibition
Artefacts from The Waste Land including Mdm. Sosostris' bust of Alexander and a portrait of T.S. Eliot.
The Waste Land notebooks
Reproductions of The Waste Land notebooks
Artefacts from The Waste Land viewed as museum objects

Friday, 2 July 2010

An exhibition of paintings and other recent work


An exhibition of paintings and other recent work by Christopher Hall

Opening from 6th-31st July 2010

1st Floor Exhibition Space

Leeds Central Library

Calverley Street


Private view Monday 5th July 6-8pm

Real-time - when things respond to events as they occur.

For this new exhibition Christopher Hall brings together, for the first time, a selection of paintings and short films that seek to explore the space that exists between the analogue and digital world – the real and the unreal.

The selection includes bold and colourful paintings produced through semi-automated means, traditional figurative works and short experimental films where digital information is pushed through analogue processes. There will also be an opportunity to view previously unseen work relating to The Waste Land expanded cinema performance which took place in May as part of oko’s C I N E M A P O V E R A weekend and Art in Unusual Spaces.

Opening from 6pm Monday 5th July, there will be refreshments and opportunity for informal discussion.

See you there!


See artist’s profile on http://www.axisweb.org/

Exhibition opening hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Thursday, Friday
9am – 5pm
10am – 5pm
1pm – 5pm

Leeds Central Library info and map: