Salon Contemporary is offering emerging, innovative and passionate artists out there a chance to display their work in the creative hub of Notting Hill!Artist of the Week’ is a new and exciting competition, with the opportunity for one selected artist each week to have their work featured on our website in the run up to our AoW Christmas Exhibition. The winning candidate will then be offered a residency in London’s West End! We’re calling on artists from all fields including the visual arts, performance, dance, film, theatre, animation and music!


The exhibiting artists 'Artist of the Week: The Exhibition' are:
Akleria * Alyona Larinova * Dragana Jurisic * Helen Gorill

Monday, 1 November 2010

Laura Jacobs: AoW Winner 11 - 1st Nov 2010

Congratulations to our 11th Artist of the Week winner!

Laura Jacobs is interested in the interplay between photography, film, drawing and painting, and how they impact and influence each other.  Her current work explores film by animating her photographs with slow cross dissolves.  She is particularly drawn to the new imagery created during these cross dissolves; a dreamy, nostalgic reverie, fading in and out of focus and reality, the disappearance, absence and reappearance of the figure. Light is pivotal in the work as it is historically in painting, photography and film. The work has a physical, real exterior space and a psychological interior space

The Gaze, mix media monoprint (from Viewer Viewed Series 1)

In this series, various facets of the self are captured within the tension and
return of 'the gaze'.
Laura is concerned with the notion of the viewer as both the artist and the muse.
'I am the viewer and viewed, thje artist and the muse, the voyeur...being watched, caught, seen?  Who has the power, the viewer or the viewed?  Who is looking at whom?'

(1, film still) Print on Somerset paper
(4, film still), print on Somerset paper)

In her recent work, Viewer Viewed Series 2, (seen above) Jacobs takes these ideas further by exploring viewing/representing/posing as parts of a dramatic scenario, which then becomes the main theme in the image. She takes fragments from her photographs and works from them using different media and scale, producing a new series of paintings and photographic prints. This changes the context and makes the image unfamiliar again. The narrative is reinvented through this process of veiling and abstraction.


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