Jess Littlewood

Pour notre projet inaugural, nous exposons l’artiste anglaise, Jess Littlewood.

Les photos collages de Jess Littlewood vous invitent à entrer des mondes célestes cependant solitaire. L’artiste évoque la rupture entre nature et humanité pendant nos essaies constants de créer l’utopie ultime. Les traces humaines sur ces paysages sont évidentes mais aucune présence n’est visible, comme si nous avions abandonné notre cause en comprenant son échec inévitable. Littlewood examine la base de nos connaissances et sa capacité à nous rendre dépendant aveuglement sur le surnaturel et même les idéaux extrêmes. Ces mondes manipulés ont étés composé avec des images énigmatiques – des sites géologiques, des artefacts et des motifs célestes. Nous pouvons nous identifier avec quelques images, cependant d’autres sont étranges, même surnaturel et transforment notre compréhension de la pièce.

Le processus artistique de Littlewood inclut l’appropriation et le collage digital. Dès que l’artiste à bien rassemblé les images (souvent issus de Google) ils sont adaptés, archivés et assimilés dans ses collages – souvent utilisés plusieurs fois. En répétant ce processus, l’artiste donne à ses images, des histoires et significations qui dépassent leur contexte actuel.

Jess Littlewood (née 1988, Surrey, Royeme Unis) habite et travail à Londres. Elle a fait ses etudes a Central Saint Martins College of Art and Dsign, University of the Arts, Londres. Les expositions solo: Island Folly, Bearspace, Londres (2013); Future Plans, The Contemporary London, Londres (2012) et Out of Ruins, Hotel Elephant, Londres (2011). Les expositions de groups selectionne: Archaeologies, Griffin Gallery, Londres (2014); Paper Thin, Bearspace, Londres (2013); Angelika Open, Angelika Studios, High Wycombe (2012); Earth Works, PPOW Gallery, New York (2012) and Per Annum:12, The Contemporary London, Londres (2012).

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For our inaugural project, artéfact is exhibiting Harvest- two series of photo collages by acclaimed British artist, Jess Littlewood. Future Plans is a series of nightscapes illuminated by omnipresent geometrical cut-outs of the aurora borealis. These altered worlds are filled with enigmatic imagery- unknown geological sites and artefacts that evoke the alternative artistic communes formed in the 60’s and 70’s. Exhibited alongside Future Plans is the Shipwreck series – two works that invite the viewer to peer into window scenes of an abandoned shipwreck – a blazing fire and damaged boats being the only signs that life once inhabited this landscape. The windows are set against antiquated scenes of deserted land as if foretelling the landscape’s inevitable future void of life.

Littlewood is commenting on the friction created between nature and mankind in our constant attempt to create the ultimate utopia. The human mark on these landscapes is evident and yet our presence unseen as if we have abandoned our cause in understanding its inevitable failure. The artist is interested in examining the nature of human knowledge and its ability to render us blindly reliant on the supernatural and even extremist ideals.

Littlewood’s artistic process includes appropriation and digital collage. Once she has carefully harvested images (often sourced from Google) they are adapted, archived and assimilated into her collages- often used multiple times. In doing this, the artist is giving the images histories and meaning beyond their current context. This act of harvesting is the core of Littlewood’s practice and the central theme behind this exhibition.

Jess Littlewood (b.1988, Surrey) lives and works in London and studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London. Recent solo shows: Island Folly, Bearspace, London (2013); Future Plans, The Contemporary London, London (2012) and Out of Ruins, Hotel Elephant, London (2011). Select Group shows: Archaeologies, Griffin Gallery, London, 2014; Paper Thin, Bearspace, London (2013); Angelika Open, Angelika Studios, High Wycombe (2012); Earth Works, PPOW Gallery, New York (2012) and Per Annum:12, The Contemporary London, London (2012).

All images courtesy of Jess LIttlewood and the Contemporary London.

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