Johalla Projects | 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. #209
AREA (Sean Hovendick &
John Wesley Mannion)
Todd R. Forsgren
E. Aaron Ross
A topiary of feathers stands upright on a white table cloth; these are exotic feathers, arranged or self-appointed to sit as a single entity—like an eccentric hat left behind at a wedding party, or a cake not yet cut open, or possibly even an animal that could, at any moment, unfold itself and crawl away. Vaguely familiar wallpaper flurries in the background, further confusing the scale of the objects in the frame.
As with Nicola Benford’s photograph (Burrow 1) the wide range and style of works included in The Enigmatic Object capture strange and uncanny moments latent in the material world. A house has a hole through its center. Spam goes to a reflection disco and the resulting photograph looks like a 70s photorealist painting. A man stands with his back to the camera between two concrete walls. His dime-store, sky-printed t-shirt matches the “real” sky, yet the pile of logs printed on his back point through his body toward the horizon line. Styrofoam hangs at an angle in a black sea, as if orbiting in space. The lines of a possible tennis court appear from the borders of the frame and converge in a perfect angle before extending out to create new shapes that can be only be imagined. Again and again something familiar is pinched by an abstract photographic gaze, undermining any sense of pre-determined banality.
The world examined, captured, dissected through these images is not entirely human, and yet motif play out. A yellow circle appears at variant angles throughout several distinct photographs like an actor in different costumes, just as the forest—or the idea of a forest—shows up surrounding an almost invisible box (Radical Absence), before transforming into patterned wallpaper behind a queuing group of figures (Untitled, Abu Dhabi, 2012), and appearing again as an image that leans against a pack of mentholated cigarettes (Cool Sensation).
This collection of works supplies translations of translations of translations. These are not definitive statements but circular assertions. Whether capturing exterior or interior spaces, landscapes or portraits, the artists highlighted here are not bonded to photographic traditions of the past. With their own voices, they successfully convey unique perspectives of our contemporary world as it might exist in the future, or even how it might exist right now.”
This weekend Darwin Magazine was at The Phoenix Centre in Brighton, as part of the Mini Click Paper Fair. We stumbled upon this brilliant publication, which features work from Brighton Universities Graduates from 2013. Full of diverse and engaging bodies of work, from portraits, landscape work to the more abstract and ambiguous creations. The book also came with an extra publication, celebrating the works of past graduate students from 1992 to 2013, who have gone on to do great things from the likes of Ewan Spencer, Lisa Barnard, Laura Pannack and McdonaldStrand. This double volume selection of work not only celebrates what young photographers can produce, but the direction photography has taken within the course. Below you can find links to purchase this book, as well as a few links to some of the graduate photographers who are featured. Also, find links to the lovely guys over at MiniClick who organise talks, publication events, well worth a click.
The lovely @DarwinMagazine featured my work on their blog http://darwinmagazine.tumblr.com/post/66569516484/editors-pick-nicola-benford-todays-pick-goes-to #EditorsPick
Delighted to be featured on Intern Magazine’s (@ThisIsIntern) website http://intern-mag.com/nicola-benford/
One of my images is being shown as part of Self Publish, Be Happy's 89plus Marathon slideshow at the Serpentine Gallery (Sackler Gallery) tonight at 6-10pm and will also be included in SPBH’s one off 89+ Zine (artwork cover by Corey Bartle-Sanderson)
"The 89plus Marathon brings emerging practitioners, born in or after 1989, together with influential thinkers of all generations.”
Tune into the live streaming of Self Publish, Be Happy’s 89plus Marathon slideshow at 6-10pm:
The fantastic Intern Magazine http://www.intern-mag.com/ has featured my work on their blog http://internwall.tumblr.com/post/64110978606/nicola-benford-fascinated-by-photographys
I have a feature on Self Publish Be Happy with a few Q&A’s! - Class of 2013