The work of Tom Lovelace encourages wanderings across decades, re-considering the photograph as document or art (Fox Talbot), the photographic document as art or anti-art (Breton, Bataille, Brecht), and the endless permutations that are part of Conceptual Art and its legacy.
Utilising everyday minimalist objects and materials, he reconsiders and reinvents, presenting sites of construction that manifest solely for the camera. For Lovelace, the camera is the audience. Oscillating between the absurd and the mundane, these fabricated structures and environments warp and reconfigure form and function, prodding and stretching the relationship between the photograph, sculpture and performativity.
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Tom Lovelace lives and works in London. He studied Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth, receiving First Class Honours and Art History at Goldsmiths College, London. Since 2007 Lovelace has been producing work at the intersection of photography, sculpture and performance. Recent exhibitions include PROJECT 05 (Contemporary Art Society, London 2014), The Opinion Makers (Londonewcastle Project Space, London 2014), Blog Reblog (Austin Center for Photography, Texas 2014) Totem and Taboo (Unseen Amsterdam 2013), Uncommon Ground (Flowers Gallery, London 2012), Work Starts Here (Son Gallery, London 2012), Ristruttura (Project B Gallery, Milan 2012) and Gouge (Centre for Photography, Aarhus, Denmark 2011).
Lovelace has previously exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy, ICA London, Oriel Davies Gallery, Austin Centre for Photography and Karst. In 2008 Lovelace was the recipient of the Surface Gallery prize, Nottingham, with a solo display the following year. In 2009 Lovelace received a Rhubarb Rhubarb Bursary with related exhibitions at Rhubarb East, Birmingham and Flowers Gallery, London. In 2012 Lovelace was awarded an Anna Mahler Residency in Spoleto, Italy, where he continues to research the history of the photogram and the concept of the readymade. Most recently he took residence in Aarhus, Denmark as part of the forthcoming European Capital of Culture Programme with a related exhibition and book forthcoming in 2017.
Features and reviews include Philosophy of Photography, Source Photographic Review, Time Out London, Contemporary Art Society, Art Licks, Of The Afternoon, Dazed and Confused, The Rebel Magazine, a-n, The Photographers Gallery Blog, The Guardian and the Financial Times. His book Work Starts Here is currently held in the Tate Artist's Book Collection.