Oli Kellett: Cross Road Blues
16th November 2018 – 23rd February 2019
HackelBury Fine Art is pleased to announce British artist Oli Kellett’s first solo exhibition, Cross Road Blues, 16 November 2018 – 23 February 2019. This exhibition presents large-scale photographs from Kellett’s on-going Cross Road Blues series taken at urban intersections across America.
The series borrows its title from the legendary blues song by Robert Johnson which some claim is a reference to the singer selling his soul to the devil at a Mississippi Delta crossroads. The mythology surrounding Johnson’s song can be interpreted as a cautionary tale of the price paid for the American Dream, and Kellett’s allusion to it leaves the viewer wondering if the figures in his photographs chose their souls or their dreams at their crossroads.
The individuals and small clusters of people waiting in Kellett’s photographs seem to be part of a film set, strangely isolated in typically bustling urban centres and surrounded with cinematographic lighting. Like a film, each person tells a unique story about their American experience. One man waits for a passing school bus before crossing the street with a cast on his right foot (PeachTree St, Atlanta). A family stands together near the corner of the street (Hubbard St, Chicago), possibly deciding whether to walk or take the nearby stairs up to the train. Taken as a whole, the series shows commonalities that all humans share: waiting, thinking, deciding which way to go.
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Alys Tomlinson: Ex-Voto | 7th March – 18th April 2019
In Ex-Voto Alys Tomlinson explores Christian pilgrimage sites in Lourdes in France, Ballyvourney in Ireland and Grabarka in Poland. Shot on a large format 5×4 film camera, the works evoke a stillness and reflect the mysterious, timeless quality present at these sites of great contemplation.
This exhibition coincides with the release of “Ex-Voto”, published by GOST Books with essays by Guardian writer Sean O’Hagan, Professor John Eade, University of Roehampton and Dr Rowan Cerys Tomlinson. Works from Ex-Voto will be on view at Side Gallery, Newcastle and with the Royal Photographic Society touring exhibition which opens first in Bristol.
Alchemy: Garry Fabian Miller, Pierre Cordier and Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer | 12th October – 9th November 2018
Alchemy presents three generations of camera-less photography: Pierre Cordier made his first chemigram in 1956, Garry Fabian Miller began his darkroom era in 1984, and Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer is making her London gallery debut with this exhibition. Just as alchemists experiment in both chemistry and spirituality, these artists deeply consider the chemical and physical properties of their mediums while simultaneously meditating on the human condition, giving form and concept equal weight.
Malick Sidibé: Look At Me | 12th September – 6th October 2018
Malick Sidibé: Look At Me is on view at HackelBury Fine Art, 12th September – 6th October, 2018. This exhibition is one of a series of exhibitions, events, and talks celebrating HackelBury’s twentieth anniversary. HackelBury presented Sidibé’s first solo gallery exhibition in London in 2002, marking a significant point in both the gallery’s and the artist’s exhibition history.
HackelBury: Twenty | 14 June – 10 August 2018, HackelBury Fine Art
HackelBury: Twenty is an exhibition celebrating two decades of HackelBury Fine Art. This is the first in a series of exhibitions that will explore the gallery’s history of collecting and exhibiting work by photographers at the forefront of their practise.
Focus on Bill Armstrong’s Renaissance series 14 June – 10 August 2018, HackelBury Fine Art
Bill Armstrong photographs reworked master drawings extremely out of focus, with the lens set at infinity, layering and isolating the figures against vivid backgrounds.
William Klein: Fashion + Light | 9th March – 2nd June 2018
William Klein: Fashion + Light is on view at HackelBury Fine Art, 9th March – 2nd June, 2018. This stunning studio work was originally created for Vogue Magazine in 1962 and has only recently been fully rediscovered.
Art + Place London | 24th November – 2nd March 2018
Art + Place London explores the themes and inspiration behind our simultaneous site specific installation, Art + Place Connecticut. The Connecticut installation of over fifty artworks is set against the backdrop of an ambitiously-designed Greenwich home. Art + Place London is on view at the gallery 24th November 2017 – 2nd March 2018.
William Klein and The New York School 1940s and 50s Street Photograph | June – September 2017
The exhibition featured rarely seen 1950’s New York images by William Klein, and several photographers gathered together in Jane Livingston’s seminal 1992 book The New York School. Included works were all taken during the 1940’s and 1950’s. Read the bio for each artist below. We featured beautiful small-scale pieces by New Yorker Rebecca Lepkoff, who was associated with the Photo League, the legendary group of New York based photographers dedicated to using photography to capture everyday life and promote social involvement, which was first established in the mid-1930’s.