International exhibit for art lecturer

Mon 07 December, 2015
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A University of Bedfordshire Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts Practice will be displaying his work internationally in Berlin and New York.

Photographs from Nigel Grimmer’s Art Drag series have been on display in The Ballery gallery in Berlin from 27 November in conjunction with the photographic yearbook Mein Schwules Auge (which translates from German as ‘My Gay Eye’).

Each artist in the book has been invited to take part in the exhibition which focuses on what makes art gay, whether it is the artist or the work itself.

The lecturer is also a featured artist in Aint-Bad journal. The magazine is launching its Self-ie issue at the Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Magazine Store in Long Island City, New York on 11 December. To celebrate, there will be a book signing and GIFbooth at the event.

Talking about his work being displayed in New York, Mr Grimmer commented “It’s exciting to be included in an international project exploring contemporary self-portraiture, Aint-Bad is a great magazine!

“My photographic projects are united by on-going research exploring issues of identity and representation, specifically the relationship between images created for public and personal consumption. This investigation has focused on the language of the family album and more recently the self-portraits employed within social media.”

Nigel Grimmer’s Art Drag Album can be seen to represent the social media “catfish”; someone who adopts a false identity, particularly to pursue deceptive on-line romances.

A series of vintage prints from the 1960s representing exotic ?others' are recycled to create new portraits, where the age and gender of the protagonist is disguised. The historic beauties are assimilated into a more urban contemporary culture, wandering the streets in pyjamas and sportswear.”


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