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. David Evans
Tom Lovelace is an artist whose practice is preoccupied with the photographic image, its histories and complex relationship with the three-dimensional, material world. Through the creation of photographs, sculptures, performances and installations, he examines the materiality of the photograph, finding the remarkable in the quotidian and prompting the viewer to see their surroundings anew. His photographs are not just taken or found, but meticulously created, performed or orchestrated. Jessie Bond
The artist relentlessly dislodges the seemingly permanent and static, so that the familiar slips into a curious new light. Alma Zevi
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Tom Lovelace is a London based artist, working at the intersection of photography, sculpture and performance. Lovelace’s practice reveals and reimagines materials, processes and histories that lie within the semantics of the everyday. His practice is underpinned by interruptions and reinventions of the unexceptional and the workaday. Lovelace's recent work (2015 - present) has centred on multi-layered installations and collages, titled the Assembly Works. Central themes to his research and visual inquiry encompass minimalism, the collaborative histories of photography and 20th Century theatre. International residencies include Allegra Projects, Switzerland (2017), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2017), Lendi Projects, Switzerland (2015), European Capital of Culture, Aarhus, Denmark (2013) and the Anna Mahler International Foundation, Italy (2012). Lovelace studied Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth, receiving First Class Honours before studying Art History at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art, London and a regular speaker at Universities and galleries.
Recent exhibitions and displays include Dazzle Site, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2018), My London, Copeland Gallery (2018), On Board, Crispr (Bogota 2017), On the heights, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017), No Lemon No Melon, Flowers Gallery (New York 2017), The High Low Show, Laure Genillard (London 2017), Paris Photo, Grand Palais (Paris 2016), Tipping Point, Alma Zevi Gallery (Venice 2016), Frame Thy Fearful Symmetry, Collyer Bristow (London 2016), Murmur, Flowers Gallery (London 2016), Monuments, film screening, Tate Modern (London 2016), GROUNDWORK, The New Art Centre (Salisbury 2015), Mirage Valley, Lendi Projects (Switzerland 2015), To Camera, Golden Thread Gallery (Belfast 2015), This Way Up, Flowers Gallery (London 2015), PROJECT 05, Contemporary Art Society (London 2014), Sweep, Victoria and Albert Museum (London 2014), In Preparation for Arles, Les Rencontres d'Arles (France 2013), Totem and Taboo, Unseen Art Fair (Amsterdam, 2013), Ristruttura, Project B Gallery (Milan 2012), Work Starts Here, Son Gallery (London 2012), Uncommon Ground, Flowers Gallery (London 2012) and Vessel, Karst (Plymouth 2011).
Lovelace has previously been nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, Prix Pictet Award and the Infinity Award (International Center of Photography, New York). His work has been featured and reviewed in The Financial Times, The Guardian, Time Out London, The Art Newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, Contemporary Art Society, Dazed and Confused, AnOther Magazine, Wallpaper Magazine, Philosophy of Photography, American Suburb X, Aesthetica Magazine, Art Licks, Of The Afternoon, Source Photographic Review, British Journal of Photography, a-n and The Rebel Magazine. His self-published books, Work Starts Here (2013) and This way up (2016) are held in the Tate Artist's Book Collection.