Martin Newth | Re-View
28 March – 30 April 2018
Wednesday 28 March, 18:30 – 21:00
Photofusion is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Martin Newth. Timed to culminate in World Pinhole Day on 29 April, Re-View brings together a selection of experimental works that explore the material nature of photography, evoking the historical roots of the photographic process as well as raising questions about the aesthetics of the medium in the 21st century. These photographic, video and sculptural installations explore and emphasize the materials, processes and apparatus of production. They are made using various means, including very long exposures and purpose-built camera obscuras.
Each of the works reveals something of the processes by which they were made, aiming for a closer, more immersive relationship with the object that is being recorded. Re-View includes work made as a part of Newth’s Sentinel series, in which he used a spectacle lens to transform a Second World War pillbox at Tilbury into a camera obscura. The exhibition also includes works that were created using a large cardboard camera to photograph Arthur’s Stone, a Neolithic burial chamber in Herefordshire.
The resulting series of colour negatives set up a correspondence between the sculptural qualities of the camera and the raw materiality of the stone. Work from Newth’s current solo exhibition Rezension: Skulptur, Object, Apparat at the MEWO Kunsthalle in Germany, for which he constructed cameras to photograph a collection of late Gothic, limewood sculptures made between 1420 and 1495, will also be on view. Through his use of very specific hand-on processes that record the subjects in vivid, often red, negative hues, Newth’s work slows down the process of reading images and offers an engagement with the material nature of the photograph and the performance of its production.
On 29 April, Newth, Photofusion, and The London Alternative Processes Collective will mark World Pinhole Day with an in-gallery event. Participants will be invited to take part in the traditional London-wide simultaneous exposures event, and to experiment with the making of pinhole images.
19 April, 18:30 – 20:00 | With Margaret Iversen & Sigune Hamann | Book here…
Margaret Iversen is Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex and one of the leading international authorities in the field of art theory and contemporary art. Recently published books include ‘Photography, Trace and Trauma’ (2016) and ‘Photography After Conceptual Art’, edited with Diarmuid Costello (2010). Bio
Sigune Hamann is an artist and Reader in Art and Media Practice at University of the Arts London. Her work encompasses photography and video in multi-disciplinary collaborations. In photographs, videos, installations and online environments she explores the effects of time and perception on the construction of images. Website
Artist-led Camera Obscura Workshop
21 April 2018, 11:00 – 17:00 | 10 places | Book here…
In this workshop, Martin and the participants will turn Photofusion into a camera obscura! Participants will learn the principles of turning any space into a camera, make exposures of their own, and process their images in the darkroom. As well as covering the practical aspects of this type of work, Martin will lead a discussion about process within the context of contemporary art practice.
World Pinhole Day with LAPC
29 April 2018 | More details to follow