Project Space, Matthew Johnstone: PHOTOGRAPHS & SLIDESHOWS

Matthew Johnstone

PHOTOGRAPHS & SLIDE SHOWS is a new commission by artist Matthew Johnstone comprising digital slideshows displayed on two LCD screens and a series of framed digital images. Johnstone’s works explore the way that different technologies, normally used for public display, materially mediate and modify the content that they display.

The LCD screens used in the exhibition serve as transmitters of a digital content, and also function as material devices which are constitutive of the artwork itself. Each of the slideshows presents a cycle of digitally-rendered documentation stills. These cycles display a wide variety of material, including images of sculptures made by the artist, video stills and digital elements, shown in complex configuration with one another. Throughout the duration of each of the slideshows some aspects remain fixed whereas others vary from one image to the next in a seemingly arbitrary fashion.

Project Space provides exhibition and development opportunities to emerging artists offering a small grant to develop new experimental work for exhibition in the unique environment of Café 171 at Jerwood Space, adjacent to the galleries. Since 2004 it has presented new work from artists including Luke McCreadie, Alice May Williams, Paul Schneider, Rhys Coren, Anna Bunting-Branch, Emma Charles, Alec Kronacker, Meg Mosley, Sara Nunes Fernandes, Johann Arens, Katie Schwab and Jamie George, Ben Senior, Ralph Dorey, Mindy Lee, Patrick Coyle, Gemma Anderson, Annabel Tilley, Alice Browne, and Holly Antrum.

Matthew Johnstone, PHOTOGRAPHS & SLIDESHOWS, 2012. Image: thisistomorrow.info