An arboretum, in the general sense, is a botanical collection composed exclusively of trees. In this case, the group exhibition will present varied photography practices, including the exploration of lighting, film and digital processes, to produce a contemporary photographic arboretum at Lucy Bell Gallery, East Sussex. The installation aims to represent how our relationship with nature is constantly changing, offering a new position to evaluate our place within it.
Featured within the show is recent Chelsea College of Art graduate Zoe Sim. Since winning the 2018 Metro x Made in Arts London Portfolio Prize, Metro has had the pleasure of working consistently with Zoe, producing both new work and edition prints. Her unique style of imagery works incredibly well when printed on Fujiflex Crystal Archive Printing Paper, aka Supergloss. The digital infrared photography experiments with the over-saturation of treescapes into surreal pink worlds. When asked to explain her work, Zoe states:
“False-colour infrared photography has a dark history, as it was invented for war camouflage detection in the 1940s. However, the aesthetics of pink can trigger contradictory emotions because pink is associated with many politically charged stereotypes. I have found pink to be a challenging colour, it creates strong reactions and complicates artworks in a way no other colour can. My intention is to subvert pink’s usual position in the world and use infrared in a different context; I feel I am able to rediscover its abilities to be ambiguous by creating work that documents nature differently”.
Arboretum is a group exhibition, featuring work by Zoe Sim, Kirsten Reynolds, John Stezaker, Jean-Luc Brouard, Allan Grainger, Faith Powell, Melissa Moore, Ieuan Morris, and Kristof Szentgyorgyvary.
Exhibition Dates: 2nd February – 2nd March 2019
Private View: 15th February, 6-8pm
Lucy Bell Gallery
46 Norman Road, St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex, TN38 0EJ
Open Wednesday – Saturday 11am-4pm, or by appointment.
IMAGES © Zoe Sim