© Mel Bles
EXHIBITION: Don’t Stop Now: Fashion Photography Next, Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, 15 January – 28 February 2015
Under the curation of Magdalene Keaney, this group exhibition features a variety of contemporary imagery that continues to expand the limits of fashion photography. As part one in a series of two shows, the exhibition explores concepts of play and materiality within the field, particularly highlighting those artists who are in the process of exploring new applications for analogue skills in an increasingly digital world.
EXHIBITION: Rachel Warne: Faded Glory, Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Rd 27 January – 1 March 2015
Photographer Rachel Warne photographs once-beloved gardens that have since been neglected or overlooked, finding beauty and wonderment in those that have been returned to and consumed by nature. Here, she hopes to call our attention to the storied histories of gardens since forgotten.
EXHIBITION: Michael Kenna, Beetles+Huxley, 3-5 Swallow Street, 28 January – 21 February 2015
Beetles+Huxley presents a retrospective on the work of the landscape photographer, incorporating both new and recognizable works. Known for his minimalist eye and attraction to rainy weather, Kenna has continued to work mostly black and white, imbuing each frame with a palpable sense of enigma.
© Josh Brand, courtesy Herald St, London
EXHIBITION: Josh Brand: Peace Being, Herald St, 2 Herald Street, 22 January – 22 February 2015
New York-based photographer Josh Brand experiments with photograms and alternative processes using photo-sensitive materials and light filters. In alluding to the ordinary facets of daily life with abstract imagery, he creates images that are at once mesmerizing and ambiguous.
EXHIBITION: Abbas Kowsari, The Wapping Project Bankside, 37 Dover Street, 23 January – 27 March 2015
Photographer Abbas Kowsari, who lives and works in Tehran, presents a poetic and multi-layered vision of life in Iran spanning nearly a decade. He places particular focus on gender and inequality, highlighting the masculine and feminine elements inherent in the every day
EXHIBITION: Tony Oursler – template/variant/friend/stranger, Lisson Gallery, 29 Bell Street 30 January – 7 March 2015
Artist Tony Oursler introduces a set of seven large-scale faces, six of which are cut to reveal video screens that project figures of eyes and mouths. These installations play on and examine facial recognition technology, calling into question what we recognize and understand as the human visage. In addition, the artist confronts the role of surveillance and identity in an increasingly automated world.
Jesse Hlebo: In Pieces, installation view, courtesy Edel Assanti, London
EXHIBITION: Jesse Hlebo: In Pieces, Edel Assanti, 74a Newman Street, 16 January – 28 February 2015
New York-based Jesse Hlebo creates video works from found imagery collected from social media websites to examine that ways in which propaganda and misinformation spread in a virtual world. The artist installs these videos within an apocalyptic landscape, envisioning a dystopian future that might not be as far off as we would hope.
EXHIBITION: Gideon Rubin: Delivering Newspapers, Rokeby Gallery, 16 Rosebery Avenue , 22 January – 26 March 2015
Artist Gideon Rubin marries painting and photography by applying paint to found news photos sourced from the 1950s-1960s. In so doing, he transforms photojournalistic work into something more elusive and ambiguous, calling into question the veracity of the photography.
EXHIBITION: Fathom 2014: Work by Artists in Residence, Four Corners, 121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, 21 November 2014 – 31 January 2015
In this group exhibition, artists-in-residence at Four Corner’s FATHOM program present bodies of work made over the last year, with projects spanning both photography and film. Featured artists include Will Jennings, Gayle Chong Kwan, Laura Napier, Tessa Power, and Anna Sherbany, each of whom explores notions of mythology, landscape, and behavior in distinct and exciting ways.
EXHIBITION: Rosaline Shahnavaz: Nothing in the World But You, Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, 29 January – 5 March 2015
Photographer Rosaline Shahnavaz presents a series of evocative images of friends and lovers captured over nearly a decade. In engaging those close to her for these intimate portraits, she touches on the varied nature of relationships and friendships.