Third year BA Photography Lecturer Brian J Morrison will tonight see his art work exhibited in an international photography festival in Poland. Warsaw Photodays is showcasing a number of interesting projects which deal with the expanding field of photography and the theme of Testosterone.
Brian will be exhibiting a piece he produced in 2014 entitled Ripped, Chiseled and Rock Hard, a series of large photographic sculptures of bodies appropriated from the advertising imagery of Muscle and Fitness Magazine during the 1980’s.
This will be Brian’s first European exhibition, having presented his work already across the UK and Ireland.
We recently embarked on a photography research trip to Blackpool during trips week to continue to explore ideas in the town. These images continue a long standing interest to explore ideas of Blackpool as a town in constant Flux, the contrast between carnival and calm, change and tradition, focusing on architectural spaces along the new promenade developments that have taken place over the last decade.
UCLan Photography Lecturer Adam Murray has recently been involved with a site-specific installation project titled The Preston Pavilion. This was a multi-media installation that revisited the origins of the Preston is my Paris collective and explored the initial motivations for starting the project. The core values of the work are intrinsically linked to the original site of production; the city of Preston. Elements of this place were situated in Jerusalem in the form of large-scale photographic prints, audio soundscape, real-time continuous webcam projection, sculpture and archival objects.
This project took place at the WE Festi-Conference for Artist Collectives from 13-15 August 2013 in Jerusalem. Adam Murray worked in collaboration with Rob Griffiths, Jamie Hawkesworth, Robert Parkinson and Adam Mead.
The Copeland Book Market was founded by Guy Robertson and Tom Saunderson in 2011 and takes its name from the yard in which their gallery, Son Gallery, was located in Peckham. In 2012 they were joined by an advisory panel of artists, photographers and publishers including Kat Black, Lewis Chaplin from fourteen-nineteen, Oliver Griffin from Umbrella Group, and UCLan Photography Lecturer Adam Murray.
The 2013 edition of the Market took place recently and featured over 40 publishers including Cafe Royal Books, GOST Books, MELK, Village Bookstore and WassinkLundgren. An extensive events programme accompanied the market featuring Jeremy Deller’s English Magic and a discussion titled ’50 years after Twentysix Gasoline Stations’.
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Second and Third Year Lecturer Brian J Morrison’s recent solo exhibition was part of this year’s Belfast Photo Festival. His work Ripped Chiselled and Rock Hard is a photographic installation created through sourcing images from past issues of extreme bodybuilding publication Muscle and Fitness.
“Via the act of re-photographing, re-printing, enlarging, cutting, mounting and balancing, Morrison presents a selected number of photographs used in advertisements from Muscle and Fitness (1980 to 89) outside of their original visual context. The cut-out images in Ripped, Chiselled and Rock Hard have not been manipulated and remain as they were found in their magazine, with no alterations made other than enlarging the image after tracing its outline and removing it from its background.With their subjects in a state of activity, ‘flex’ or ‘pump’, these representations seek to encourage the male viewer to admire the apparent physical strength, yet never lust after the sculpted body. This ideology is reinforced via another commonly used visual construction of hetero-masculinity, in which these bodies attain not only an identity but also become the possession of a female admirer”
UCLan Photography Lecturer Adam Murray recently visited Krakow Photomonth and took part as a portfolio reviewer looking at a range of projects presented by young photographers mainly based in Poland. Fellow reviewers included Oliver Chanarin (Broomberg & Chanarin), Gordon MacDonald (GOST Books) and Aaron Schuman (SeeSaw Magazine) amongst others. The whole festival offered a great insight into contemporary photographic practice.