'Exploring Photography'

Friday 12th Sept - Saturday 4th October

Three artists push photography to its limits by using digital media, experimental surfaces and vintage techniques; as part of an exciting new international festival of photography: Photography Oxford


Rory Carnegie:

Rory will be showing a selection of large-scale photographs from his‘Port Meadow Dogs' series at Sarah Wiseman Gallery. At the end of last year, Rory Carnegie won gold for Best Portrait Series category at the Association of Photographers Awards. (AOP) The photographs will be available to buy as part of a limited edition print series, either framed or unframed from Sarah Wiseman Gallery.

Working with local owners and walkers, he has completed a series documenting dogs that walk on the Meadow each day. He has photographed thelandscape throughout the seasons, composing the images in layers, creating an ethereal, haunting portrait likeness -as a result they are almost painterly in quality,reminiscentof thestyle of Landseer or Stubbs.

Rory Carnegie is an award-winning photographer based in Oxford. His work has been published in The Observer, LA Times, The Telegraph Magazine, The Sunday Times, GQ, The Independent Magazine, Creative Review and the British Journal of Photography.

Rachael Edgar is best known for her printmaking, creating surreal images based on song-lyrics, poetry and folklore. Fresh from her post-graduate degree, she has created a new series of contemporary work using a very early photographic process, first used by the nineteenth century pioneers in photography.

Gum Bichromate photography works by the artist coating a surface (such as paper) or in Rachael's case, glass, in a light-sensitive emulsion. The print is made by applying a transparency (a photo-negative, for example) to the coated surface and exposing it to a UV light-source. The resulting print is manipulated by hand to achieve varied results, combining technical know-how with sensitive artistry.

The Victorian aesthetic of early photographs made this way has informed Rachael's new series. The prints themselves, which contrast images of playful innocence with darker, more unsettling tones, are an exploration of the psychoanalytical state of 'ambivalence' a state of having simultaneous, conflicting feelings that should exist in equilibrium.

The prints aim to discomfit by disrupting that equilibrium into its component, conflicting parts, asking the viewer to move from one state to another and back again.

David Rhys Jones takes photographs while out on pre-planned walks, typically around an urban area. He is drawn to the eccentricities found in UK towns; old shop signage, gargoyles or even graffiti; the layers and layers of history laid down by generations of inhabitants, moving through the streets and buildings. He has recently completed a project exploring the history of Gray's Inn in London [pictured above] using spoons to explore the history of its medieval dining hall. He is planning a similar series of work on spoons in response to the famous 'Sheldonian Heads' in central Oxford.

The resulting work, photographs transferred onto ceramic or metal are shown as wall-mounted pieces, alone or arranged in groups, which David describes as 'constellation viewing'.

David Rhys Jones originally trained at the Slade, specialising in printmaking, before completing his masters in Ceramics at Central St Martins. His interest in transposing images onto different surfaces; silk, metal, plastic for instance – led to his method of using porcelain combined with photography and print.

About Photography Oxford:

'Photography Oxford was established in the Spring of 2013 to deliver biennial festivals of international photography in Oxford. Its founder and director is the photojournalist Robin Laurance . The first festival takes place over three weeks in the autumn of 2014.

The festivals, exhibitions of the work of leading photographers complemented by talks, panel discussions, films and workshops, will increase the opportunity for regional audiences to engage with world class photography. Importantly, it is the intention of the Photography Oxford team that Oxford becomes the place not only to celebrate photography but also where the many issues surrounding photography at the beginning of this 21st century are discussed and debated. '

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Also on show: Late Summer exhibition continues with new work from Alison Pullen and Sue Bartlett


Alison Pullen

Alison Pullen

Alison Pullen


Alison Pullen has wowed us once again with a striking collection of paintings – interior scenes from the Perne Library, Christchurch Oxford and Osterley Park House. Her stunning paintings are always created in-situ using ‘found images’ from interior magazines, on top of which she paints whilst in the room observing.  Initially, I find a viewpoint in the room which I find interesting or challenging, then look through hundreds of magazine pages,’ she explains. ‘Viewing the subject I find what’s striking me, for instance a strong light area, a deep shadowed recess or an interesting light effect on the floor.’

Alison's new collection is on show now in the gallery and you can click here to view more online.


Sue Bartlett

Sue Bartlett

Sue Bartlett

Sue Bartlett has taken some time off from exhibiting to concentrate fully on working in the studio during this year. Her distinctive working methods of using wax with glass on canvas has not changed, however her love of travel and exploration is informing a brand new body of work.

In moving away from floral shapes, Sue has begun experimenting with abstract forms and textures - her paintings now incorporate more pattern, text, mixed media and even luminescent pigments. The shapes are evocative of either tiny tropical islands viewed from above, or sparkling rock-pools gazed into while on a beach. Lines of poetry, inspired by travel, wind their way into the paintings as if floating through a dream; pools of colour are punctuated by sculpted corals and shells. 

'These new paintings are about the notion of escapism…a discussion focussing on the pleasurable, joyous side of life and spending time with a soul-mate. Through this series of paintings, I am trying to evoke the feeling of wanderlust when we look at a map or at a snow-globe...a yearning to travel and to change our horizons. I want to convey the joy of the sun on your back, the ocean at your feet and the sparkle of life itself.’ 

Click here to read more about Sue and see the full collection.


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