Melanie Stidolph – The Fall

11th October – 4th November 2012
Opening reception: 10th October 2012.
Artists talk and discussion evening with guest speaker,s 25th October 2012  7 – 9pm

* Writer’s talk, Daniel C Blight will be talking about The Fall and expanding on his text for the catalogue:

3rd November 2012, 3pm



Campbell Works is delighted to present a new solo show of photographs and projections by Melanie Stidolph which develop her recent explorations using motion, light and sound detectors. Naturally occurring and constructed events replace the decisive role of the photographer to trigger images of events and objects in tension and suspension.

Stidolph’s interest in the idea of The Fall begins in popular photographs and artworks which engage with the idea of the moment before a perceived destructive or fatalistic event.  Taken just before a decisive action, they show the subject on a trajectory that will lead to permanent change. These images then simultaneously contain the shadow of inevitable disaster as well as the preserved embodiment of futile hope.

This new body of work seeks to draw a direct connection between the subject and its role in the making of the image; prioritising action and distancing thought in the production of the photographs. The work engages with the idea of The Fallthrough an allusion to a moral state, a fall from grace, as well as the physical sensation of the gasp and slip in moments of change and loss of control.  The surreal potential of displaced objects in flight, held in temporary unity in the picture plane calls attention to the role of external forces or unseen agents of change.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication on Melanie Stidolph’s work including a new essay by Daniel Campbell Blight. The exhibition, publication and production of new work are supported by Arts Council England, London.

Melanie Stidolph lives and works in London.  She studied at University of Leeds and University of British Columbia, under the tutelage of Jeff Wall.  Her large scale photographic works have been exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions with Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art Sunderland, Kamloops Art Gallery, Canada and group exhibitions including, ‘Nine Point Perspective’ – Hotshoe Gallery, London, ‘Harbingers’ – Centrum, Berlin, ‘Running and Standing’ two-person show with Emma Hart – The Agency, London, ‘The Russell Herron Collection’ – Sartorial Contemporary Art, London, ‘Curious Nature’ – Newlyn Art Gallery, ‘This Show is Ribbed for Her Pleasure’ – Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, ‘Lillith’ and ‘Scrambled’ at MOT International, London and ‘Lapsus’, Five Years, London. Selected for the first edition of ‘Pilot’, commissions include the Big Chill Arts Trail, ‘The World in London’ for The Photographers’ Gallery and ‘Still Life in Mid Air’ for Tate Learning.

Daniel Campbell Blight is a writer, curator and academic based in London with a specific interest in the history and theory of photography and sound in the arts. He currently works in the education department at The Photographers’ Gallery and is a dissertation supervisor in photography at the University of Brighton. 

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