Hannah Biscombe

Hannah Biscombe

University of Wales Institute Cardiff (MA Fine Art, 2005 , 2012)

Hannah Biscombe's working practice is grounded in the use of photograms - a primitive photographic technique that records the space around objects on paper- made of living creatures. A fundamental part of the interest in this primal form of “writing with light” is the concept of extending what is a basic but nevertheless deeply connotative visual language.

 

The weight, the size and the shape of things contribute to the image but are also lost in it. The relentless passage of time that is made painfully obvious by conventional photography is less apparent in photograms. It is their lack of specificity that gives them an essentially timeless and ephemeral quality.

 

 

The stripping away of that fine ‘perfectly realistic’ quality and evidential detail, may make them a less well-rendered index –but perhaps closer to the way our minds capture and remember detail.  An image made by direct contact 

 

 

These photograms are processed traditionally and then scanned to enable them to be reconstructed as a larger, increasingly complex work. Then, they are then printed.

 

 

The resulting work illustrates not only the indexical and eloquent nature of silhouettes, but also suggest a certain truth in the way that the “Dadaist” movement viewed the original ‘Rayograms’ - as affirmation that the ordinary can have incantory powers.

 

 

Hannah Biscombe's work aims to transcend the photograph’s sense of loss. It is about containment, escape and exploring the way in which the combination of photography’s most basic format with digital editing technology offers the potential for radical new visual forms. 

 

50 × 35 × 2.5 cm
  • £130.00
75 × 75 × 2 cm
  • £1,000.00
100 × 100 × 2 cm
  • £1,250.00
50 × 35 × 5 cm
  • £130.00
33.4 × 48.7 × 2.5 cm
  • £130.00
50 × 50 × 2 cm
  • £850.00
100 × 50 × 2 cm
  • £1,250.00
30 × 50 × 2.5 cm
  • £130.00
100 × 50 × 2 cm
  • £1,250.00
36.5 × 51.5 × 2.5 cm
  • £130.00
90 × 90 × 2 cm
  • £2,500.00
36.5 × 36.5 × 2.5 cm
  • £130.00
31.8 × 50.8 × 2.5 cm
  • £130.00
19 × 19 × 2.5 cm
  • £95.00
19 × 19 × 2.5 cm
  • £95.00
100 × 100 × 2 cm
  • £1,250.00

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions Traces(2), The Execution Room, Degreeart, Vyner Street, London, March 2012 Hospital club and Art Below “Escape” competition, Lightbox, Bond street underground station, April - May 2010 Artlounge, Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham. June 2007 Art Below, Billboard, Kennington - Northern Line Platform 1 Northbound, (Charing Cross Branch), July 2006 DegreeArt.com, Canary Wharf, Solo Shop Front Display, January 2006 g39 (open season), ‘TRACES’ (An exhibition of digitally reconstructed photograms), June 2004 Group Exhibitions Affordable Art Fair Bristol, DegreeArt, 17th – 20th May 2012 Grand Designs, London, DegreeArt, 5th – 13th May 2012 “All I want for Christmas …”, Hospital Club Christmas Group, London, December 2011 Forest of Art, DegreeArt Christmas Group Show, Vyner Street London, December 2011 Artist Against Knives, Charity Auction, London, November 2011 Affordable Art Fair Hamptead, London, Degreeart, 27th - 30th October 2011 Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London, Degreeart, 19th - 21st October 2011 Nailphilia, Degreeart.com, Vyner Street, London 1st - 25th September 2011 The Signature Art Awards 2011, Degreart.com, Vyner Street, London, 3rd - 28th August 2011 Affordable Art Fair Bristol, Degreeart, 12th - 17th May 2011  BOA's Virtual Gallery Digital Tour Competition in association with Art Below, Liverpool Street Underground station, 18th - 25th April 2011 The Sketchbook Project 2011, Brooklyn Art Libruary and various American art galleries and museums, visit http://www.arthousecoop.com/sketchbookproject2011 for details, February 19 - July 31 2011  The 2010 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, 11 to 21 November 2010 Affordable Art Fair Battersea Park, DegreeArt, 21st - 24th October. Cork Street Open Exhibition, 27-28 cork street, August 2010 The Welsh Artist of the year 2010, St Davids Hall, July – August 2010 SHOP, Queens arcade, Cardiff, August 2009 The signature photography awards, The Empire Gallery, London, May 2009 Collect4 photography week, The Empire Gallery, London, October 2008 Magpie Gallery, Cardiff, mixed exhibition, September – December 2008 The signature photography awards, Anchor Old Natwest, Cardiff Bay, ‘Bank Job 2’, October 2007 Old Natwest, Cardiff Bay, ‘Bank Job’, October 2005 University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, ‘Masters Exhibition’, September 2005 Paintworks, Bristol, ‘Degree Art’, June 2005 Paintworks, Bristol, ‘5 Metre’, June 2005 Moloko Vodka Bar, Cardiff, ‘MASS:EYE’ (Flying below the Radar), October 2004 Cardiff City Hall, ‘Art For Youth’, October 2004 University of Wales, Newport, ‘Degree Show’, May 2004

Awards

LYNN PAINTER STAINERS YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

LYNN PAINTER STAINERS PRIZE 2008

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