Work Starts Here

Tom Lovelace's photographs of industrial materials poised in temporary compositions present unusual shifts in function and aesthetic value whilst evoking complex relationships with histories of sculpture and performance.

at SON Gallery

In the photographs the industrial materials are carefully positioned, drawing attention to their sculptural attributes: varying degrees of tension, balance and weight creating dynamic portraits. In some of the photographs a person, perhaps the artist carrying out a performance, is partially seen engaging with the objects.

Some of the objects which the artist has photographed will themselves be exhibited in the gallery space. This cross referencing of image, object and intervention creates a cyclical and unresolved relationship between sculpture, photography and performance. These are ideas that underpin Lovelace’s practice.

The meeting of industry and art is also a principle theme. The raw materials that Lovelace draws our attention to are normally functional apparatus used in construction. In Work Starts Here, however, these materials enter the realm of art and immaterial ideas – conceptualised, often in a playful manner, and revealing disparities and dependencies between both worlds. It poses a question suggested by the title of the exhibition – where does work start: with industry (object) or intellect (idea) or somewhere in between the two?

SON Gallery

Tom Lovelace, in Preparation No.9Tom Lovelace, Blue Loop, 2012Tom Lovelace, In Preparation No.12 (Diptych)

Opening Times
Preview: Thursday 21 June, 6.30-9pm

22 June - 28 July 2012
Friday to Saturday, 12-6pm

SON Gallery
Unit 9c 133 Copeland Road, Peckham
SE15 3SN