Two years ago, Brighton-based photographer Joan Alexander was awarded the Danny Wilson Memorial Prize for her ‘Shadow Dial Studies’ work while exhibiting a long side the two other members of ‘Blind Field Collective’; Luke AR Hamblin and Louise Mahr. ‘Shadow Dial Studies’ was exhibited as an installation with a mixture of still and moving image, which studied the physicality of light and its relationship with time.
This year Joan Alexander is returning in a collective exhibition under the title ‘A Natural Process’ collective but also with a solo show. After sharing studio with Alison Stolwood and Martin Seeds the artists, who regularly discuss ideas and critique each others work “gradually found a nice resonance”between their works. They “found fresh connections and new things in our working process” says Alexander. The idea of there being a link between their works was inspiration for the trio to exhibit together. “We thought we should curate pieces that would sit well together and expand the meaning of the work, by being part of one show, so it seemed like a good idea to show during the Fringe and we decided to go for ‘A Natural Process’ as the title of our show.”
Joan Alexander will be showing work from two bodies of work at the festival this year. One, named ‘Shadow Map Portraits’ will be a series of shadow tracings “drawn from architectural details on the Embassy Court rooftop during sunrise and solar noon.” The Embassy Court roof terrace will aptly be the face for the exhibition, creating a connection between art piece and exhibit space through shared subject matter. (17-24 OCT)
Joan will also exhibit a new body of work, Cinders – a combination of moving image and hand-printed black and white images. Portraying loss and past time through metaphors of shadows and cinders “it draws on Derrida’s writing about memory, mourning and death, in ‘Athens Still Remains’.” Speaking to Alexander she mentions: “I began Cinders so I could work with the physicality of absence, looking at what is past (burnt) in its presence (cinders).”
‘A Natural Process’ have completed their instal at Vantage Point and will be showing there throughout Brighton Photo Fringe (04 OCT–02 NOV)
– Guy Gunstone