Tom Lovelace is a London based artist, working at the intersection of photography, sculpture and performance. Lovelace’s practice explores materials, processes and histories that lie within the semantics of the everyday. His work is underpinned by interventions and interruptions of the unexceptional, the workday and the commonplace. Lovelace's recent work (2015 - present), titled the Assembly Works, take form as multi-layered assemblages and collage that stage mediations on photography, time and encounters where material and psychological spaces collide. Central themes to his research and visual inquiry encompass the collaborative histories of photography and the role of Minimalism within Visual Culture. International residencies include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2017), Allegra Projects, Switzerland (2017), Lendi Projects, Switzerland (2015), European Capital of Culture, Aarhus, Denmark (2013) and the Anna Mahler International Foundation, Italy (2012).
Recent exhibitions and displays include Interval, Flowers Gallery (London 2019), Dazzle Site, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017-2019), My London, Copeland Gallery (2018), On Board, Crispr (Bogota 2017), On the heights, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (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), 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), 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.
Lovelace studied Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth, receiving BA 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. Talks and workshops include London College of Communication, University of Wales, Southampton Solent University, Falmouth University, Derby University, Portsmouth University, Sheffield Hallam University, University for the Creative Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, Brighton University, The Photographers’ Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Academy of the Arts (London).
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, 2011
As an artist, Tom Lovelace eludes classification. Pairing style and substance in equal parts, he works somewhere between photography, sculpture and performance to create images and objects whose elegance and complexity sit shoulder to shoulder. Alexander Hawkins, AnOther Magazine, 2016
Pushing on for a decade in the field, Tom Lovelace’s practice has persistently shaken up rigid perceptions of contemporary photography. Though this work centers on the printed image, Tom’s interest in performance and sculpture is never far from sight. Industrial materials, jutting edges and performative experiments underscored by a quiet humour, his visual language is bold and unmistakeable. Unseen Amsterdam, 2019
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