The third exhibition at the HotShoe Gallery featuring work by Torsten Lauschmann, David Birkin and Benjamin de Burca opens on Saturday 13 February and runs until 9 April. If you haven’t had a chance to swing by the new gallery space, then now’s the time to make a new year’s resolution and take a peek. You will also be able to buy limited edition prints.
The exhibition looks at the concept of ‘exposure’ referring both to the photographic technique of exposing light and to the idea of exposing the mind of the photographer and his subject. Lauschmann‘s work, Contemporary Gear Box, uses a slide projector to present a computer-generated image of a system of cogs. In his experimentations, with these technologies, he exposes “invisible” aspects of image making; framing, perspective, depth of space, perceivable illusions and narratives. There’s an article by Mick Peter, Science, sociability and restless optimism, in Frieze magazine in 2007 on Lauschann for those who want to know more. Benjamin de Burca, meanwhile, takes photographs of fire, at night, in the dark, and then slices them using a laser to create collages.
Finally, Birkin’s series Confessions is a result of images produced when he asked members of his family to confess a secret they had never previously revealed. When they felt ready, they opened the shutter and when finished they closed it again, so that each photograph’s exposure was determined by the duration of its subject’s confession. For the series Form, the artist photographs himself holding a ‘stress position’ – an interrogatory technique employed by military personnel to forcibly extract a confession or other information. You may be familiar with Birkin’s work, he was one of the National Media Museum bursary winners and has receive funding to complete, The Confessors, which forms part of his ongoing Confessions series. His work was also shown by Zelda Cheatle (director of the Tosca Photography Fund) at last year’s Art Insight art seminar at The Photographers’ Gallery as an emerging photographer to watch.
The show is curated by Louise Adam and continues to 9 April at HotShoe Gallery.