Tom Lovelace is an artist based in London. Working at the intersection of photography, sculpture and performance, Lovelace explores the semantics of the everyday, revealing and reimagining materials, processes and histories. His practice is rooted in interruptions and reinventions of the unexceptional, where he examines the behaviour and the hierarchy of workaday matter. Central themes to his research and visual inquiry encompass labour, minimalism and the history of photography. 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 the Arts University, Bournemouth and a regular speaker at Universities, galleries and festivals.
Recent exhibitions and displays include On the heights, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017), On Board, Crispr (Bogota 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 exhibited across Britain, Europe and the United States. Residencies include the Anna Mahler International Foundation, Italy (2012), Aarhus European Capital of Culture, Denmark (2013), Lendi Projects, Switzerland (2015), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2017) and Allegra Projects, Switzerland (2017).
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.
As an artist, Tom Lovelace eludes classification. As a photographer, he defies reason. 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
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
The artist relentlessly dislodges things that seem permanent and static, so that the familiar slips into a curious new light. Alma Zevi
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