Face to Face: The Moving Portrait, the debut solo exhibition featuring groundbreaking new work by established music photographer, Tom Oxley, will open its doors to the public on 19 October 2012 at Londonewcastle Project Space in East London until 28 October 2012.
Tom Oxley’s innovative portfolio of never before seen video portraits include prolific musicians of our time, with Liam Gallagher, Azealia Banks, Professor Green, Mark Ronson, Wretch 32, The Maccabees, Rizzle Kicks, and Miles Kane amongst others, being projected larger than life onto the gallery’s interior walls. Each moving portrait, accompanied by a music track of the subject’s choice, enables the viewer to study each subject up close and personal, providing them with an intimacy into the character of the artist.
The technique used for the installation pays homage to the practice of 19th century photographers and expertly delivers these methods into the 21st century for a modern audience. Sitters in the past would often have to remain still for an extended period of time (usually up to 3 minutes) whilst the exposure set onto a glass plate. In today’s world, we rely on the speed of modern cameras to capture the subject’s personality in a split second. The installation aims to show that it is this play on time, extending the frame of portraiture, which becomes the greater study in character.
Oxley: “The idea behind this project is to combine both the media of photography and video, and push them forward together. I really want people to stop and think, then instantly connect with what is in front of them. This allows the viewer to stand back and truly take notice of what they are seeing, where subtle movements from the subject create a striking visual impact”
The portraiture landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, with different media bringing new and exciting challenges. By treating viewers to a full 3-minute high definition portrait on a large scale, Oxley wishes to show artists who are finely in tune with today’s culture and mood, and bring their own distinctive and creative spark, that will add to the unique essence and integrity of the installation.
Venue information: Londonewcastle Project Space is open Monday – Friday 12pm-8pm and Saturday – Sunday 12pm-6pm. Admission is free. For more information visit http://londonewcastle.com/