Tom Lovelace is an artist based in London. He studied Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth, receiving First Class Honours before studying Art History at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Lovelace works at the intersection of photography, sculpture and performance. His practice is grounded in interruptions and reinventions of everyday matter, materials and processes. Lovelace is currently a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London and the Arts University, Bournemouth.
Exhibitions and displays include The High Low Show (Laure Genillard, London 2017), Murmur (Flowers Gallery, London 2016), Paris Photo (Grand Palais, Paris 2016), Tipping Point (Alma Zevi Gallery, Venice 2016), Groundwork (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), Against Nature (London Art Fair, 2015), Project 05 (Contemporary Art Society, London 2014), Sweep (Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2014), Ristruttura (Project B Gallery, Milan 2012), Work Starts Here (Son Gallery, London 2012) and Uncommon Ground (Flowers Gallery, London 2012). Lovelace has exhibited across Britain, Europe and the United States, displaying his work alongside artists including Martha Rosler, Eva Stenram, Richard Wentworth and Ai Wei Wei. Residencies include Anna Mahler International Foundation, Italy (2012), Aarhus European Capital of Culture, Denmark (2013), Lendi Projects, Switzerland (2015) and forthcoming at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2017).
In 2016, Lovelace was 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 Guardian, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, Time Out London, Contemporary Art Society, Dazed and Confused, AnOther Magazine, Philosophy of Photography, Art Licks, Of The Afternoon, Source Photographic Review, a-n and The Rebel Magazine. His books, Work Starts Here (2013) and This way up (2016) are held in the Tate Artist's Book Collection.
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.
Tom Lovelace’s work explores the boundaries of representation. Pursuing the questions prompted by his vehement style of photography, he orchestrates spatial and sculptural installations through extensive survey and experiments into the conceptual boundaries of photography. Lovelace suggestively fabricates temporary structures for the purpose of superseding the site of their execution or documentation as photograph. The object and the photograph reveal the tangible materiality of sculpture and the optical truth of photography, and by moving between these disciplines Lovelace forges his inherent style.
©2017 All pictures copyright Tom Lovelace