Sian’s 11 most Inspiration Archive Artists


A carry on from Sian’s talk about her work, she then gave us some of her most influential artists that are really good to know and learn about. Hopefully you guys will discover a person’s work who you may not of thought about before.

Jem Southam, Upton Pyne (1996-2003)26965-large

She produces a long-term piece about a location. You can instantly she a lot of consideration and thought that has gone into the body of work. We can see the changes both naturally and man made that have happened over this period of time that are around this pond. The final images she shows explore the places around the pond, giving us a detailed background to the location. It’s presented in a typical landscape photography manner by being in a large print.

Jon Tonks, Empire

His Excellency Nigel Haywood CVO, Governor of the Falkland Islands, Government House, Stanley

His Excellency Nigel Haywood CVO, Governor of the Falkland Islands, Government House, Stanley

A well-known photobook and exhibition that explores the four British islands. The work almost emphasize ‘Britishness’ more than Britain actually is, by finding quirky details that they have made due to their isolation on the island. In terms of the exhibition presentation he separated the room into four different sections, a section for each island. He also included a map so we can see the geographical relations and framed the prints neatly.

Stephen Gill, Hackney Flowers
Hackney being a rich culture location, Gill takes images of the location and then overlays them with objects, either from the hackneyflowers3-600x600location or items that reflect the place. Each image is completely different to the next, similar to Hackney. You also begin to think about the materiality of the object.

Helen Sear, Inside the View (2004-2008)itvlge05

A really intriguing concept, Sear gives us the view of what its actually like to be a
viewer. She layers the viewer’s head over the landscape to make us think about our relationship to exploring the land. She also includes a lace element to break it down and make the image slightly more distinctive.

Nicky Bird, Beneath the Surface04_NickyBirdPR copy

Bird uses a joint authorship by using images from other people and relocates them in the modern day. We are being to think about these images that were taken at a completely different time and for a different purpose, as well as the changes that have occurred upon the world since.

Susan Derges, River Taw (1997)susan-derges-water-19-284x800

A clever concept where nature itself creates the images. She uses huge sheets of photo paper and lays them within a river. The moonlight then processes the images and we see the atmosphere of the river at this time. The light of the moon and the stars creates the ranges of colours that are on each print at the night. We can also see the faint details of the flow of the streams and the differences within each print, it’s incredibly detailed.

tm-07Trish Morrissey, Seven Years

Using images from her archive of childhood in the 1970s, Morrissey recreates them in her current age. We see her restage them to create some awkward images that make the viewer consider age and our life. Morrissey was also very selective when choosing her images, a really good thing as you become more confident within your work.

Sophy Rickett & Bettina Von Zwehl, Album 21 (2015)album31_sophy_rickett_and_bettina_von_zwehl_press_shot_jpg_360x240_q85

Album 21 is a mix match of images, relating to the Benjamin Stone Archive. We consider the use of archive material being used as a strategy.

Fae+Richards+archive+2Zoe Leonard & Cheryl Dunye, The Fae Richards Project

A mix use of film and archive material, this collaboration duo makes us consider the use of fact and fiction. We also have to consider how convincing these are as archive, and how the viewer is so easily lead without debating the reality.

Joan Fontcuberta

Both Fauna (1987) and Sputnik (1997) are well known pieces that both play on the joanfoncubertaideas of truth. My favourite being Sputnik, Fontcuberta creating a fake piece on a military man, creating conversations on the fact that the viewer doesn’t question the truth. He uses a range of materials such as photographs and clips to add to this “realism”. My favourite part of this work being that the artist left in little clues and hints that this wasn’t so real as the viewer may have thought, such as the title name e.c.t.

Broomberg & Chanarin

broomberg-chanarin-2One of the best duos in art history, this collaboration has created two pieces that are suitable for our discussed topic. Firstly, ‘War Primer 2’, which are images that they found themselves, none of which they have taken themselves, and they overlay them over gruesome photographs. Such as George Bush eating, overlaying a starved army, we think about the irony and the impact of media. Secondly, ‘People in trouble laughing pushed to the ground’. This project is about the civil war in Belfast, and they have cut a circle out of the image and used that as the body of work. Sometimes we see horrible incidents sometimes we see insignificant clues of war. Presentation wise, its incredible interesting, the use of framing as clues and the discussion of appropriation around this highly political topic and how they have framed it.


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