Jo Bradford was at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, London today for the launch of her new edition with Eyestorm Gallery. The three new luminograms are the first in a new series called Portals
I was in London this week to see 'Continuum', my latest series of 6 cameraless photographs, launch at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea. It is being shown at the Eyestorm Gallery booth alongside my 3 'Elements' works produced in 2016.
Work is well underway on my new series. I am planning to create 6 new cameraless photographs, continuing my exploration of the hue continuum and prismatic colour. I spent the last three months of 2016 sketching, reading and making copious notes. By December it was time to put some chemistry in the tanks and let the alchemical wonder of the darkroom take over my life. After a painfully slow and difficult start, where my chemistry and stencils just wouldn't do what I wanted them to, and after several trips back to the drawing board to perfect my masks, my ideas are finally being realised, perseverance is key in my line of work!
I was commissioned by Eyestorm to create new cameraless photographs for Sir Terence Conran and Peter Prescott’s wine bar and restaurant, Lutyens, on Fleet Street in London in May 2016. The work is on display at Lutyens Wine Bar, 85 Fleet Street until May 2017, along with previous works, Autogenesis and Lensless Molecular.
The compositions feature circles that were produced by shining light through glasses of Conran & Prescott’s Albion Wines to create the coloured orbs in the final pieces. The opposite colours are captured onto light sensitive paper in a completely dark room. Subjecting the paper to a process of chemical baths develops the latent image and fixes it for permanence. The geometric lines and compositions are inspired by the modernist, art deco era architecture of the building, which was designed by the great British Architect, Edwin Lutyens in the 1930’s. The artworks are available to buy from Eyestorm
I have been at Tapestry in Soho and Goswell Road printing and proofing my new cameraless works this week.
This new body of work titled Autogenesis consists of 15 luminograms inspired by "Interaction of Colour", the iconic book on colour theory by Josef Albers.
The work will be exhibited by Eyestorm at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park, London from the 10th to the 13th March 2016.
Four of my meteorite photograms will be exhibited as part of the Photogram Open Show at the Bristol Festival Of Photography in association with St Paul's Darkroom. The venue will be Bristol Central Library on College Green and the show will run throughout May 2014.
Private View: Saturday 22 February 2014 2-4pm
Urmson-Burnett Gallery announced the first international exhibition for the finest contemporary photogram makers in August 2013. Jo's work was selected for exhibition in this exciting new group show including artists from all over the world.
The Photocopy Club are an innovative exhibitions project based in
Brighton, London and Hong Kong. TPC most recently exhibited in the Jerwood
Space, London and exhibit works made entirely with photocopiers, with the
aim of making photography and printed work more accessible to the public.
My work "Deep Sky Objects II" from my Photogram Series "Constructing Space" is included in this show, 30 artists were chosen to exhibit from over 300 submissions. The show will showcase the Photogram as an artform and there are many different types and processes included in the show. The show moves to Silverprint in London to be shown there from the 18th February to the 15th March 2014.
You can read the article from Asian Geographic Issue-2-2013, which features many of my artworks from the project and has texts from both myself and Dr Alice Brown by buying yourself a copy or by accessing it on scribd
I have made 2 separate bodies of work for this show. Supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award for ‘Beautiful Science’
"Natural Killers" was made in collaboration with Dr Alice Brown
"Lensless Molecular" was made in collaboration with Dr Rhiannon Holmes White.
Beautiful Science is a collaboration between 12 Imperial College scientists with artists from many different disciplines, each working to the same brief, is their beauty in raw scientific data? Can it be Beautiful Science?
The archetypal scientist, rational, white-coated, methodical, is generally thought to work in non-creative linear ways, while the archetypal artist, emotional, impulsive and unconventional, holds the monopoly on what is ‘creative’. But both ways of working rely on creativity and method, and both produce visual outcomes that reveal something about human perception of the world.
Supported by Imperial College as well as by a Wellcome Trust People Award ‘Beautiful Science’ presents images and original data drawn from the research of Imperial College scientists alongside artists’ interpretation of this information.
By bringing these laboratory images into the gallery, the exhibition becomes an experiment that encourages visitors to consider whether science can, in fact, be considered in the same terms and context as art. ‘My research has always tended towards preparing high quality images that represent a scientific fact. I have always been interested in the aesthetics of the images produced’, says Dr Alice Brown, a post-doc at Imperial researching immunology.
The scientific data on display encompasses photography of worlds invisible to the naked eye and the graphs, charts and records that are part and parcel of scientific practice. The artworks range across media, encompassing film, photography, painting and design. The relationship between the raw data and artistic interpretation vary across a spectrum from literal and direct engagement to highly abstract, evocative works that bear only the echo of scientific inspiration. Biologist Martin Spitaler, who runs the light microscopy facility at Imperial, says of his participation, "I hope this initiative will manage to make science accessible to the world outside, through the pure beauty of its images, through a glimpse at these wonderful hidden worlds, through interaction with more familiar forms of art."
Jo Bradford’s work blends photography with painting and printmaking, using lensless media such as luminograms and photograms. Her work has been exhibited widely in the UK and US and she has been artist in residence at Plymouth College of Art and Design as well as benefitting from an Arts Council Creative Development grant. In 2011 one of Jo’s meteorite photographs was launched aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour as part of ‘Flux Face in Space’ celebrating the space shuttle programme. Jo’s direct photographic method in her project ‘Lenseless Molecular’ stays close to the source, adding one layer of interaction between data and artwork.
The Cliché Verre in The Digital Age exhibition Opens today in San Francisco.
5 of my Cliché Verre prints are in the group show at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery on Sutter Street in San Francisco.
Other artists in the show are Abelardo Morell, Peter Feldstein, Courtney Johnson, Maggie Foskett, Suzanne Izzo, Fredrik Marsh, Fred Parker, Frank Rossi, David Symons, and Käthe Wenzel.
Cut and paste this link to see the Press Release PDF
The show runs April 7–May 3, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 7, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
464 Sutter Street,
This exhibition showcases the revival in alternative process photography. In recent years contemporary photographers have been taking a fresh look at early printing processes‚ from cyanotypes to daguerreotypes, these deep, dreamy images bring a unique style and surface to a photograph that can not be achieved digitally.
As the juror for this show, Laura Moya tells us, “I am delighted with the recent groundswell of photographers rediscovering historic and alternative processes. There is still an inherent need for some artists to use photography to explore the unexplained in life. The processes in this exhibit lend themselves to the exploration of memory, loss, and the unspoken. It hints at traces—of people, of objects, of ideas. Perhaps unknowingly, poetry becomes part of the image.
These new images explore the notion that the time spent ‘crafting’ a photograph versus ‘taking’ a photograph gives the photographer space for thought. If one is working with heavy lenses, glass plates, or a multitude of chemicals, time slows down. If one is considering how air temperature might affect one’s film, time really slows down. It is the complexity of these processes that bring gifts to the table.”
This exploration of Fluxus activity includes contemporary re-interpretations of classic Fluxus scores and actions; new Fluxus performances by Fluxus artists. Performers include the Chicago Fluxus Ensemble and invited Fluxus artists.