// PUG OSLO at PhotoLondon 2015
The PUG OSLO exhibition at the inaugural edition of PhotoLondon presents work by Roger Ballen, Jeff Cowen, Steinar Christensen, Yamamoto Masao, Arno Rafael Minkkinen and Mattias Olmeta. We look forward to presenting photography that reveals the artists passion, and demonstrates their workmanship. The artists presented all use photography as their medium to project beauty in elements of stories, history and most importantly: TIME.
For many years, Roger Ballen (US – 1950) worked as a geologist while documenting the small villages of rural South Africa and their isolated inhabitants. His distinctive style has evolved from a documentary approach to something more abstract, metaphoric and introspective. Over the years he has developed his own private visual universe – combining photography, sculpture, films and installations. He describes his work as fundamentally psychological and existential; making art is an exercise in defining himself.
Jeff Cowen (1966 - US) is constantly testing the boundaries between photography, painting, drawing and sculpture, interested in what he calls the non-moment, the point in time just before or after something has happened.
Time is also an important element in Steinar Christensens (NO - 1946) universe - the artist is known to incorporate contemporary elements and anachronisms in his work. In his most recent and unpublished work – KERBEROS – both paradoxical constellations and existential situations arise.
Yamamoto Masao´s (1957 - JP) small prints can be seen as meditative objects, each image encourages the viewer to draw on their own memories and subconscious. While the images are simple and observational, their suggestive nature is what gives them power.
Throughout his nearly 50 year career, the Finnish/American artist Arno Rafael Minkkinen (1945) has devoted his photographic research and energies to the self-portrait: un manipulated images of the human figure in the natural and urban landscape.
Matthias Olmetas (FR - 1968) unique and beautiful large scale ambrotypes appears as if from another time. In his most recent work – commissioned for PhotoLondon, Letters to my Grandchildren) he combines wet collodion, varnish, pencil and paint – The children or adolescents gaze at us through Olmeta’s handwritten reflections on the current state of our planet.