Sarah Jeffries Copyright 2019 ©
Open 5th - 27th October 2019
‘The mediality of images involves a two-fold body reference. First, we conceive of media as symbolic or virtual bodies, second, the media inscribe themselves upon our body experience and teach us self-perception or self-oblivion: in other words, they both remind us of our own body and make us forget it. As a result we are primed to knowledge picture as different kinds of bodies.’ - Hans Belting
This two-person show encompasses opposites and perceptions of bodies and mediums. Both artists visually explore the image but in different ways: Bartlett reports on the nature and narrative of image through the creation of a visual third space in painting, and Jeffries dismantles and reconstructs existing media imagery to disrupt the dominant order of media imagery.
Mike Bartlett’s framed paintings are being given a resurrection from their first showing here at the Transition gallery in 2005. These reportage paintings are created from photographs of his experiences whilst being in and around the space of the Transition gallery; this continues in his recent unframed paintings; but now Bartlett uses a stenciling technique to take traced imprints off his printed photographic images. This process mimics the act of images imprinting on to our memories and our psyches. Bartlett adds an emotional dimension to his captured images through his painting processes, which highlights how unique each human experience and interpretation of the same image can be, compared to the generic nature of the technological eye of a digital camera.
Sarah Jeffries reinvents found media images originating from in fashion and lifestyle magazines, adopting a deconstructing and reconstructing method of approach with an atmosphere of critique for each images she works with. These collage pieces form part of a wider PhD project where she is exploring the construction of gender through the image. The works are conceptual pieces derived from gender and image theory, and culminate in visual explorations of our complex relationship with the image, within our modern way of life. Jeffries’ photographic collages seek to interrupt the intended service of media imagery, with a view to opening up a questioning approach about their existence.
Like fashion and technology, images are constantly changing around us, but does the Self change with these reinventions?
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