Flowers Gallery - Artist Of The Day

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    Artist of the Day 2018 - Johanna Love selected by Rebecca Salter
    Johanna Love selected by Rebecca Salter, Image credit Antonio Parente

    Flowers Gallery is pleased to announce the 24th edition of Artist of the Day, a vital West End exhibition programme selected by leading contemporary artists since 1983. The fast-paced, revolving two week exhibition schedule provides a platform for a selected group of artists, each presenting a one day solo exhibition at Flowers Gallery’s Mayfair location, with a programme of events taking place each day.

    DAY EIGHT: Johanna Love selected by Rebecca Salter RA. A one day exhibition will be held from 11am - 7pm at Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London.

    My interests lie in constructing images that that offer an arena within which we can contemplate themes of time, memory and mortality. These images may seem to operate at the limits of human perception and often invoke ideas of the ‘technological sublime’.

    Once I have started with a photographic image, generated and mediated by digital technology, I like to shift the image back into something more akin to direct human experience, using the materiality of drawing and print to slow down visual perception. I often combine processes together, using fragments of landscape and architectural subject matter, to generate unstable, shifting material surfaces, and visually complex images.

    Having become increasingly interested in exploring the concept of dust and its physical and metaphysical implications of loss, I am currently collaborating with scientists at The Natural History Museum, London, using electron microscopy to examine dust gathered from my father’s family home in Hamburg, Germany. The house, situated in the centre of Hamburg, withstood the heavy bombing of World War II and in parts it remains untouched, becoming a small museum of memory through its layers of dust.

    - Johanna Love

    One of the first things that interested me about Johanna’s work was the way she constructs complex images through both print and drawing that offers us multi-layered, visually sophisticated traces of the past.

    Johanna has always had a sensitive and thoughtful interest in history. Her most recent body of work continues to explore ideas around the materiality of memory and to capture the fleeting, delicate layers of detritus that form and coat surfaces. The capturing and preservation of family memories and the distortion and fallibility of oral history, incubate within this work as sort of hidden layer or mark scored on the surface.

    - Rebecca Salter
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018


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