Johanna Love: Lichtlose Luft
Johanna Love’s current work explores surface, materiality and time through convergence of digital photographic and traditional drawing practices. She is interested in how a photographic image might sit at the verge of recognition and photographic representation. Love is interested in how notions of emptiness within a photographic image may generate both a sense of visual loss and yet a fullness of perceptual imagination. The dust that love carefully draws onto the photographic prints draws attention to what is normally hidden in a photograph – its surface and its process of making through the lens. Dust can be seen to be a key aesthetic reference to the evidence of physical matter, of contact, of human presence.
Lichtlose Luft presents a selection of current work in progress from a project working closely with a scientist at The Natural History Museum, and The Planetary Sciences Archive at UCL. Through a combination of photography and drawing, the project seeks to examine problems of human perception in relation to modern technology. It questions the scientific image as one that remains detached and outside of our experience, sitting at the precipice of our perceptual understanding, and making visible matter that is beyond human vision.
What drives this work is a fascination with how tiny specks of dust – what seems most insubstantial – has the material power to fascinate, to generate and to sustain thought. The scientific technical image is a starting point for the work, either obtained through the electron microscope or the digital scanner. However, it is always submitted to some kind of digital manipulation and then manual intervention through drawing. In drawing from or within the original photographic image, there is a critique of technology and a questioning of the scientific approach. Through the process of drawing and digital manipulation, there is an attempt to bring the image back into the physical, material world of the living and imagination, for as Merleau Ponty (1964) states, ‘science manipulates things and gives up living in them.’
Johanna Love is an artist and academic living in London. She is currently Pathway Leader for MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts, and Senior Lecturer in Printmaking at the University of Brighton. She exhibits widely both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Johanna Love, GiG Gallery, Munich; A small constellation of photographic evidence, Cheng Art Gallery, Beijing; Behind the eyes: making pictures, Gallery North, Newcastle; Viewfinder, Artspaceh Gallery, Seoul, Korea; British Printmaking Japan, Kyoto Museum & Art Gallery, Japan; Scope: New Photographic Practices, Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Showing 20 September to 31 October at PARCspace, Room W224, London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6SB.
Open Tuesdays from 12noon to 3pm, and other times by appointment. To arrange a visit, please contact Melanie King at firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening party and Johanna Love short talk, Tuesday 20 September 2016, from 16.30 to 18.30. Interesting refreshments will be served – all welcome.
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