Approved: 05.01.2007

Nigel Grimmer

Artist

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Approved: 05.01.2007

My diverse art practice is united by ongoing research exploring the relationship between images created for public or personal consumption, focusing on the language of domestic photography.
Traditional family album images are shaped by strict, but generally unacknowledged, conventions that form a series of fixed narratives. Within my practice this language is highlighted, questioned and deconstructed

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Curating
 

Biography

My diverse art practice is united by ongoing research exploring the relationship between images created for public or personal consumption, focusing on the language of domestic photography. Traditional family album images are shaped by strict, but generally unacknowledged, conventions that form a series of fixed narratives. Within my practice this language is highlighted, questioned and deconstructed allowing alternative frameworks for recording our experiences to be proposed. I work with family and friends creating new ?albums', foregrounding the artifice of our image making; these portraits do not try to imply naturalness or spontaneity, or to give an insight into the personality of the sitter. I have recently begun disrupting the integrity of the picture plane in order to highlight the flatness, and thus the artificiality, of the photographic object. Initially I created props that either reflected or absorbed light, producing a black or white void within the photographic image. I am currently experimenting with the introduction of a secondary picture plane within the photographic frame; for my new series Art Drag Album a collection of kitsch portraits are used to create ?windows' within the portrait causing slippage between the illusionary foreground and background of the photograph.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1997 - MA Fine Art (Critical Fine Art Practice), Central Saint Martins, London, UK 1991 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University, UK Solo exhibitions 2013 - Minor Monuments, Bloc Projects, Sheffield 2011 - Time's Relentless Melt, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London 2010 - Disruptive Members, Departure Lounge, Luton 2009 - Plastic Life - Part 5, Harley Gallery, Welbeck, UK 2008 - Places I Call Home, Milton Keynes Contemporary Whitewall, UK 2008 - Plastic Life - Part 3, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, UK 2008 - Plastic Life - Part 4, 20-21 Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK 2007 - Plastic Life - Part 1, Margaret Harvey Gallery, St. Albans, UK 2007 - Plastic Life - Part 2, Focal Point, Southend, UK 2006 - Places I Call Home, Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton, London, UK 2005 - Based on a True Story, First Out, London, UK 2005 - Places I Call Home, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Norwich, UK 2004 - Based on a True Story, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, UK 2004 - Bender, Folly Gallery, Lancaster, UK 1999 - No Place Left To Go, Window 42, London, UK 1999 - Passing, Window Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London, UK Group exhibitions 2013 - IMG-TXT-MSG, studio1.1, London 2008 - Everything You Never Cared About, Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, UK 2008 - Monkeys with Car Keys, Bargate Monument Gallery, Southampton, UK 2007 - Driven, Fieldgate Gallery, London, UK 2007 - Lautieri Moores Open, The Gallery in Cork Street, London, UK 2007 - Saatchi On-Line Gallery, Zoo Art Fair, London, UK 2007 - Wonderful Winter, Eyestorm Gallery, London, UK 2006 - Brownfield, Lounge Gallery, Dalston, London, UK 2006 - Brownfield, MAC Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK 2006 - Everything Must Go, VTO, London, UK 2006 - Open Show 2006, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK 2006 - Think Pink, The Arts Forum, Hastings, UK 2006 - Unnatural Selection, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, UK 2004 - Icons, Idols and Superheroes, Oxford House Gallery, London, UK 2003 - Off the Leash, Graves Gallery, Sheffield, UK 2002 - CLUB, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France Artist talks 2008 - Lecture, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, UK 2008 - Lecture/Visiting Practitioner, Camberwell College, London, UK 2008 - Lecture/Visiting Practitioner, University of Northampton, UK 2007 - Lecture, Focal Point, Southend, UK 2007 - Lecture/Visiting Practitioner, South East Essex College, Southend, UK 2007 - Lecture/Visiting Practitioner, University of Hertfordshire, UK Competitions, prizes and awards 2012 - People's Choice/First Prize, Foto8, London