Saturday, 22 January 2011

꒾꒿ anarchy in the gallery

we are very lucky to have a dedicated 
photography gallery not too far from home:
Focal Point's first exhibition this year
is a real statement:

curated by Duncan Wooldridge
not only challenges us with experimental
photographic processes
it also brings together two separate gallery spaces:

many locals have overlooked a little gem
in our cultural heritage
there's a common misconception that it 
only houses watercolours and oils of 
Thames vistas within its fusty exterior:

think again!
think perfect collaboration:
scratched postcards:
retro hued recycled daytrips:
the world is beautiful by
David Raymond Conroy:
haunting faceless repetition:
remnants from the passport photos
of Rwandan children by
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin: 
staring gaze: cut copy:
love v by John Stezaker:
the ghosts of notices past:
sugar paper made pastel
by Sara Mackillop:
anti-photography runs until 2nd April:

the Beecroft is host to not just one photography 
in the quietly lit Thorpe Smith Rooms
a fabulous collection of images taken
by Josef Koudelka & Ron McCormick:

{I urge you to click on the images to view them larger}
a tender glimpse of Southend in the 1970's:
rockers down the seafront:
{apologies for the yellow hue this is not a representation of 
the true colour but a result of low gallery lighting}
an excellent exhibition that runs for
all of 2011: 
there's so much more:
take a new peep inside the Beecroft:
it's recommended:

part two ~ Focal Point to follow ....

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