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  • Rob Farrands

Line and Light Exhibition

I am collaborating with Gaby Guz a ceramicist and artist for an exhibition in Oxford at The Barn Gallery, Kendrew Quad, St John’s College, St Giles, Oxford OX1 3PJ from the 9th to the 24th March 2019. Opening times are 12-5pm weekdays and 11 to 6pm Saturdays and Sundays.

The publicity for the Exhibition includes the following brief description:

“Line and Light is the product of a winter time collaboration between two artists using three media. It is their first joint exhibition. Rob is a photographer who lives in Oxford and Gaby, an alumna of St. John’s, is a ceramicist and artist. 

Gaby uses line and light to capture the fleeting poses she likes to draw. Her concerns are to convey the essence and emotion of a subject in the brief time that a dynamic pose allows. Her ceramic vessels are largely monochromatic, with bold black and grey lines spreading across egg-shell like pale surfaces. 

Rob’s photographs honour the soft, reduced light of the winter solstice. He has shot directly into the light (often including the sun) and dealt with the resulting technical challenges to produce work with strong monochrome tones. His compositions are intended to arouse both a memory of winter’s darkness and the promise of the coming Spring.”

I have been excited to return to monochrome photography to shoot pictures for this exhibition. I have used a Leica 246 camera with a dedicated monochrome sensor to compose pictures with strongly differentiated black and white tones that make the most of Oxford’s winter light.

My winter work is perfectly complemented by that of Gaby whose preoccupation with line and light has inspired me to search out correspondence with my own work and with the whole situation of collaborating and exhibiting with her at this time in this place (

In relation to the “whole situation” of working with Gaby I notice that by coincidence our Line and Light exhibition occurs at the exact mid point between the winter and summer solstice. A fact that has reinforced my desire to strip out colour and concentrate on the complex relationship between the dark and the light.

I look forward to seeing you in The Barn Gallery for the exhibition.

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