With the count down to Photo London 2018 in full swing we look at some highlights and ‘must-sees’ at this years fair.
Hala -Steve Macleod, Black Box Projects
“The longer we stare at nothing, the more chance that something will appear to us, creating an unfathomable aura and thoughtful meaning.” – Steve Macleod says of new series Hala, a project inspired by photographs captured by British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger. This new body of work documents the vast landscape of the Al Hajar Peninsula in the United Arab Emirates, one of the most desolate and inhospitable areas in the region. The mountain range offers a true vision of wilderness; empty and devoid of human presence.
Hala will be shown for the first time as part of Photo London with Black Box Projects and include limited edition fine art Giclée prints produced here at Metro Imaging on both Hahnemühle Photo Rag and German Etching papers.
Steve Macleod is a British landscape photographer whose career has spanned over 20 years. He shoots on a large-format camera, using nature to share the conceptual impact and influence it can have on our emotions; our health and our imagination
Black Box Projects specialises in contemporary photography and contemporary art that is created using photographic materials. The gallery is committed to working with artists who push the limits of traditional photographic practice. The gallery does not keep a permanent space, instead it arranges pop-up exhibitions in order to tailor the experience to the individual needs of the artist and the work.
“For Photo London 2018, Black Box Projects presents Steve Macleod’s latest series and the UK debut of ‘Hala’. Shot in the United Arab Emirates between 2015-2017, it is the first time Macleod has published work taken outside of the UK. The series is printed as archival inkjet on highly textured watercolour paper giving the works a painterly style reminiscent of early Japanese watercolours and a tactile quality that harks back to Pictorialist aesthetic values.” – Black Box Projects on Macleod’s series Hala.
Check out ‘Hala’ with The Black Box Projects at Photo London in the Discovery section of the fair form May 17th – May 20th at Somerset House.
ALL IMAGES © Steve Macleod
We are delighted to be involved with Black Box Projects, a new art gallery specialising in contemporary photography and art which is created using photographic materials. We have worked closely with their team and artists for their upcoming launch exhibition in Soho this March, producing a mix of bespoke frames, fine art Giclée prints and photographic vinyl.
Black Box Projects currently represents Steve Macleod internationally and Liz Nielsen in the UK. For its first exhibition, the gallery will present a selection of work by Macleod and Nielsen at 15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ from 6 – 11 March.
The exhibition will showcase around 20 pieces from each artist. Works from Macleod’s previous series Blackwater, Aeld, Nil, Li+, Hel, Traverse and Murmur all made over the last decade will be on show, and many of which have not been exhibited before. Shot in the UK on a large format camera, Macleod uses nature to share the conceptual impact and influence it can have on our emotions, our health and our imagination. Represented exclusively by Black Box Projects in London, his works held in both private and public collections, including HRH the Duchess of Cambridge and HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza’ Al Nahyan.
Macleod is also a regular lecturer and speaker on photography, a Visiting Professor at UCS East Anglia; a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) and Lifetime member of Frontline Club in London. He also operates a successful mentorship programme for emerging artists.
Brooklyn-based photographic artist Liz Nielsen will be represented by 20 unique, colour photograms, all made in 2017, ranging in size from 40 x 50 cm to 100 x 127 cm. Her works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Paris, London, Budapest, Amsterdam and Berlin. Her unique photographs are printed in the analogue colour darkroom with handmade negatives and found light sources.
Liz earned her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004, her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and her BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Seattle University in 1997. Nielsen’s works have been reviewed in The New Yorker, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and ArtSlant.
In May 2018, Black Box Projects will take part in Photo London presenting Steve Macleod’s latest series Hala, which will be the debut exhibition of this project. The gallery will then host a solo show of new work by Liz Nielsen in London in October.
Black Box Projects is committed to working with artists who push the limits of traditional photographic practice. The gallery does not keep a permanent space, instead it arranges pop-up exhibitions in order to tailor the experience to the individual needs of the artist and the work to be shown. It aims to be a pioneer of the changing gallery model, as well as presenting a transparent working model with artists, clients and other gallerists that fosters community, creativity and collaboration.
Location and opening times: 15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ | 10am-6pm, Tues 6 – Sat 10 March
See their website for more information on exhibition artists and upcoming events www.blackboxprojects.art
IMG 1 – Liz Nielsen, Echoing Flame II, 2017 – Analogue Chromogenic Photograph on Fuji Lustre, 50.8 x 40.6 cm, Unique
IMG 2– Liz Nielsen, Ghost Moon, 2017 – Analogue Chromogenic Photogram, on Fuji Lustre, 50.8 x 40.6 cm, Unique
IMG 3 – Steve Macleod, Black Schuck, 2012 – Fuji Crystal archive print, 162 x 127 cm, edition of 3