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Photoforum 06.04.10

Karen Grainger

Karen Grainger’s practice could broadly be described as photography about photography. Her recent project Re: Series, 2009 plays with the conventions of taking and viewing landscape photographs. By using mirrors within the confines of the image and within their gallery display she seeks to reflect and subvert the accepted perceptual and physical limits of photography.

Karen completed an MA Photography at London College Communication in 2009. She has recently had a solo show at Viewfinder Gallery in Greenwich, been selected for Bloomsberg New Contemporaries and has undertaken a graduate residency at The New Art Gallery, Walsall. Her work is in the collection of the University of the Arts London.

Peter Ainsworth

Ainsworth’s practice focuses on traces of human activity within the landscape. His photographs often depict physical marks made by unconscious interactions and sculptural forms recontextualised within the frame of the image. What unifies Ainsworth practice is a concentration on sites that are in flux. His working method is to use the landscape as a studio space where he is able to explore, document and perform.

Peter’s series Covered, 2009 was selected for Rhubarb-Rhubarb’s Hungry Bursary and subsequently exhibited at Wolverhampton City Art Gallery. He received the Pavilion Commission 2008 and has exhibited at Format 09, Alternative Arts Photo- Space and Brighton Photo Fringe 09. In addition Ainsworth is a lecturer in photography at Nottingham Trent University.

Tess Hurrell

One of the central interests in Tess Hurrell’s practice is the sensual experience of vision – it’s simplicity and also its complexity when abstracted, and imagined. So too is the perception and manipulation of space, time and physicality. Working predominantly in a studio space constructions exist temporarily and are photographed. Hurrell’s photographs are inspired by transformation, pattern, growth and natural laws.

Tess is a London based photographic artist, born in Zimbabwe and raised in Southern Africa. Since graduated from the University of Brighton in 2006, her work has been exhibited internationally and at The Victoria & Albert Museum London, The National Media Museum in Bradford, and has been published in magazines such as Domus, Art Review and Photoworks.

Alastair Levy

Alastair Levy’s practice aspires to be playful and experimental, engaging in activities that prioritise gesture, intervention and performance. He is mainly concerned with the quiet subversion of the function of everyday things: office stationery, hardware products and domestic objects. Through a process of manipulating and corrupting these materials he attempts to skew our experience of the familiar and the mundane.

Alastair completed an MA at Royal College of Art, graduating in the summer of 2008. Since then he has taken part in group exhibitions both in the UK and abroad and had his first solo show at Postbox Gallery in London in September 2009. His work is held by the Zabludowicz Collection and the Matt Roberts Arts Collection.