Fri 25th May – Wed 30th May 2012
Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, BS1
An exhibition from urban photographers Patrick Coughlan and Lisa Furness.
Construct examines our relationship with the built environment. Through photography, both artists explore constructed and deconstructed space, looking at how we interact with it, and at the artefacts we leave behind.
Working independently, both artists have discovered strong resonances in each other’s work and have recognised shared obsessions and themes in each other.
This exhibition explores the ideas of presence and absence, similarity and difference, light and dark, construction and deconstruction.
This exhibition was part of the Bristol Festival of Photography.
This was Lisa's last exhibition before leaving Bristol. It was an opportunity to show a retrospective of the work she had made and exhibited in that city over nine years of living there.
The city: A place in flux, never finished, always changing.
This work explores urban space, it looks at how we define and interact with the built environment.
I am interested in the way in which the city can reveal it’s past through visible layers of history. Old industry sits alongside new accommodation. Nature encroaches and is forced back in a continual battle with the civic authorities.
The graphic language of the city features strongly. Signage and directions have long been an influence in my work. I am interested in objects, once functional, now rendered useless; sculptural events in the landscape.
This series was shot on medium format film; I embrace both digital and analogue technologies. Film was/is appropriate for this project as I find it lends itself to a more considered approach to image making. Seeing my image on the ground glass screen of the camera, I can remove myself from the content and concentrate on the composition, colour, and painterly aspects of the picture.
The light boxes are hand-built; the making of them employed processes and tools that relate to the construction of built space. They are a reference to the signs and instructions that are at play in our everyday life.
These works are for sale, please see labels. Multiples or works in series are available at discounted rates. I undertake commissions by arrangement.
My pictures are all concerned with the nature of presence and absence. They are images devoid of human subjects but they are intended as universal, representing all people. My camera tries to catch the traces we leave as we live our lives. Both the epic in scale and the tiny & fragile.
The subjects I always return to are those of non-places and in-between times. Underpasses, vacant buildings, staircases, toilets and others, these places are created by us and ignored or passed through. They gradually take on their own identity, a history connected not to any one of us individually but as an accumulation of our interconnected lives.
If I approach them with my eyes open they whisper their secrets to me & I try to capture them and present them to you.
These images are intended as a rejection of a shallow culture obsessed with looks and youth and with the attention span of a fly. They are also intended as an antidote to it. They reward a patient viewer, creating a solemn, quiet space for the mind to wander slowly.
The pictures are about us. We are in all of them and their emptiness is an invitation to enter the scene and contemplate & reflect upon ourselves. They are deeply personal to me. Representing my own emotional experience of being in these places and contemplating them. Their peacefulness acts as a calming presence in my life, grounding and uplifting me at the same time.
They are an attempt to express my feelings about the world that I can’t put into words. Ours is a world of solemn mysteries and complex truths that we are intrinsically connected to. We can sometimes comprehend a little bit of it if we stand