Carrie Mae Weems (1953-)
Kitchen Table Series, 1990
Over the past thirty years, Carrie Mae Weems has produced a large body of work that addresses issues of race, gender, and class, particularly those related to African American experiences. Storytelling is central to this; sometimes referencing her own family as […]
Lorna Simpson (1960-)
Guarded Conditions, 1989
For many years, Lorna Simpson has focused her work on exploring race, identity and sexuality through photography and film. Wall texts on plaques add to the message she is trying to convey; about trying to find a job, fraught relationships with women, […]
Helena Almeida (1934-)
Study for Inner Improvement, 1977
Almeida says she is not a photographer, yet a lot of her work in performance and drawing is captured in black-and-white photography. Many of her early experiments took the form of private performances, which her husband, the architect Artur Rosa, […]
Jason Rhoades (1965-2006)
The Creation Myth, 1998
Jason Rhoades was known for his large sculptural environments filled with excess, sexuality and mischievousness, with often a homage to female genitalia. Gallery spaces were filled with bright, psychedelic color. His last project, Black Pussy Soiree Cabaret Macrame, was a series […]
Thomas Demand (1964-)
Raum (Room), 1994
Thomas Demand began his career as a sculptor. In 1993, he began to use photography to record his elaborate, life-sized paper-and-cardboard constructions of environments and interior spaces. From this, photography became his main way of working; and he destroys his hand-made environments […]
Lucy Skaer (1975-)
Solid Ground-Carpel, 2006
Skaer makes sculptures, films and drawings mainly based on photographs found in newspapers, books and the Internet. She works with craftsmen and women to create installations from these found images. Other works include ink-and-paper drawings based on photographs from the news, abstract […]
Gerard Byrne (1969-)
A man and a woman make love, 2012
Byrne works primarily in film and photography, often creating large-scale installations that look at how images are constructed, transmitted and seen by the viewer. Influenced by literature and theatre, he uses references from popular magazines from the […]
Kathleen Herbert (1973-)
Stable (film still), 2007
Herbert makes quiet, thoughtful work that responds to place, and the unseen stories or myths that are potentially hidden there. Whilst artist in residence at Gloucester Cathedral, she learnt that during the English Civil War, Puritan troops, in an act of […]
Ruth Ewan (1980-)
Squeezebox Jukebox, performance, 2009
Ewan is interested in how dynamic ideas get talked about, shared and sometimes suppressed. Her work ‘A Jukebox of People Trying to Change The World’ is a range of around 1,500 politically motivated songs that she collected since 2003; they include […]
Inka Essenhigh (1969-)
Green Goddess 1, 2009
Essenhigh is a painter, known for her cartoon-like forms and simple, flat colours using high gloss paint. Her images are often dreamlike, transforming mundane things like a picnic or shopping into strange surreal landscapes. For many years she used the process […]
‘365 days of contemporary art’ (365 for short) was my project, started on 1 June 2011. Each day, for a year, I sent out an image of a contemporary art work and a descriptive piece of text on my website, on Facebook, on Flickr and on twitter @lightsgoing on. I wanted to make contemporary art as interesting and inviting as possible, and this was one way to share and celebrate my favourite artists whilst also imparting some info about them.
Here are the few guidelines I set myself about the project:
1. I will show a range of work covering the last 100 years ie from 1911 to the present day.
2. I will aim to show as diverse a range of artists as possible, covering 46 art movements and those that cannot be categorised… but they will all be artists that I care about and will have something to say about them.
3. All images are to be covered by a Creative Commons licence (see creativecommons.org), and the photographer credited whereever possible.
4. Any feedback welcome.
5252 was a project I set myself; throughout 2013 and 2014, I sent out, via social media and my website, info and an image of a photographer of my choice. I did this to highlight and explore the range of photography that speaks to me, and I say why within each post.