Photo London 2018
17 – 20 May 2018
Jo Dennis finds beauty in abandoned, deteriorating spaces and objects. Her process-led approach to image-making works intuitively across media: she paints over her photographs, photographs her paintings and uses highly finished materials alongside found objects. Glass, tarpaulin, acetate, vinyl and wooden board have all become vehicles for her photography. These found materials are sometimes the subject of the work and are also often the fabric of the work itself
For Photo London, Dennis shows new works that typifies her practice, presenting overlaid photographs some of which are hand finished with unique painting techniques.
The starting point of the ‘Ladywell Treasure’ series is from a body of work taken in a derelict pool house in Ladywell, South East London. The photographs are of the ground, strewn with debris and colourful flakes of paint which have fallen from the deteriorating graffitied walls.
The ‘Vacant Positions’ series are images created from two sets of photographs; one set taken in derelict spaces in London, the other taken of half built skeletal structures on the Greek island of Skiathos in 2017. Dennis uses digital techniques to create multiple exposures of decayed. The work further explores the conceptual ideas by visualising emotional connections to past experience allowing a narrative of place and humanity to reveal itself.
Jo Dennis (b. 1973, UK) studied at Norwich School of Art and Goldsmiths College London. Dennis has exhibited internationally and has been included extensively in group exhibitions including at the ICA and The Royal Academy of Arts, in London. Recent solo exhibitions include, Your feet in the air and your head on the ground, Peckham 24, UK, Matter Out of Place at Sid Motion Gallery, UK, Cropped Up at AMP Gallery, UK. Dennis lives and works between London and Amsterdam.