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Exhibitions


“A House of Many Windows”: Curated by Day and Gluckman
Collyer Bristow Gallery,  4 Bedford Row, Holborn, London WC1R
Until 12th June 2013

“The portrait, the mask, the ownership of identity and the burden of historical portraiture can all be mined from the depiction of a person.”
As Robert Louis Stevenson’s quote so clearly articulates, the desire we have as individuals to communicate with our fellow beings is a complex set of parameters and nuances. It is unsurprising that the use of the figure as subject remains a complex dilemma for an artist.
Further Info

Installation View
Installation View © Stephanie Rushton

Booklaunch
Marie Claire RIP has recently been published by L’Heure Dite, alongside a limited edition box-set which includes the Jezebel series and an essay by Catherine Somzé. Collyer Bristow Gallery kindly hosted the launch party.
For further information and to order the books please visit L’Heure Dite.

Marie Claire RIP & Jezebel

Creekside Open at A.P.T. Gallery – Selected by Paul Noble
Until 26th May
Selected work: Apes as Lovers (2012) from the series APED

“From 2318 works down to 125 works, how did I do this? (…) My mind was open but my hand seemed possessed, possessed by the spirit of Kurt Schwitters. (…) He had an honest eye. An eye that saw the truth in everything. This is what I was looking for. I am excited by the selection I have made. (…) ”
Paul Noble, Creekside Open 2013 Selector
Further InfoCreeksideThe Page Art Reviews looks at Paul Noble’s selection and reviews Apes as Lovers here.

APED was recently included in the Gagosian Gallery Show: Ed Ruscha Books and Co
This book is part of ABCED, a multi-volume book project created on the occasion of Ed Ruscha’s 75th birthday, consisting of 33 books by 24 artists: ABCED

APED at Gagosian
©Andreas Schmidt

ABC Members Andreas Schmidt and Jonathan Lewis have also been active in London, curating a show at Marcus Campbell Books entitled Serious Double Acts
It runs until the 26th May and features Marie Claire RIP. Exhibition catalogue available here.

Books


 ‘love is…’There are some copies still available here. Also at 25Books Berlin and Dashwood Books NY

Hardcover 450 pages. Limited Edition of 150 (+APs).
from a distance - Hardcover, 10 x 8 inches, 116 pagesAPED- 318 pgs   Black and White printing (on cream uncoated paper).Marie Claire RIP and Jezebel published by L’Heure Dite – available here.
Stand alone book Format : 216x269mm Soft cover 36 pages
Two-book case + print Format : 216x269mm Soft covers 36 + 16 pages

 

Exhibitions


Upcoming – London Art Fair

Image of 'love is...'

Axisweb at London Art Fair
16 – 20 January 2013
Business Design Centre, Islington, N1 0QH
Chris Agnew 
Robert Dawson 
Inguna Gremz de
Sofie Grevelius EJ Major
 Darren Nixon
We’ll be on stand P27 in the Art Projects space – we hope to see you there!”
http://www.axisweb.org/london-art-fair

Exhibition at the University of Kansas
Jan. 22nd – Feb. 15th
Marie Claire RIP, love is…, from a distance and APED will all be shown at an exhibition curated by Travis Schaffer focusing on the artists book, “A FAIR” at KU Art + Design Gallery hosted by KU Design Department: A-FAIR

 A House of Many Windows: Curated by Day and Gluckman
Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
6th March – 12th June 2013
Marie Claire RIP Image
Emma Critchley, David Dipre, Aly Helyer, Annie Kevans, David Lock, Kate Lyddon, EJ Major, Boo Ritson and Tim Stoner
The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us. 
Robert Louis Stevenson
This exhibition considers how we communicate the figure and how identity infects and affects works of art, how we read them and how they are produced. It is also about the dichotomy between painting and photography.
The portrait, the mask, the ownership of identity: each artist considers these things either through representation or technique. Details to come on:
http://www.dayandgluckman.co.uk/

Düsseldorf Photo Weekend 2013
I’ll be showing my work as part of Düsseldorf Photo Weekend PhotoBook Salon
February 1st through the 3rd at the NRW-Forum in Dusseldorf, Germany
http://www.duesseldorfphotoweekend.de/
Galleries, museums, and cultural institutions all over Düsseldorf will open their doors for one weekend of photography-related exhibits and events, showcasing the full spectrum of photography as art.

APED
Apes as Lovers Image

My new book APED is now available. This was my contribution to the first of ABC’s collective projects. To honour Ed Ruscha’s contribution to the artist’s book, members of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative launched ABCED in Autumn 2012. ABCED is a multi-volume book project created on the occasion of Ed Ruscha’s 75th birthday, consisting of 33 books by 24 artists: http://abcoop.wordpress.com/abced/

ABCED will be featured in a show taking place at The Gagosian Gallery, New York during the NY Armory Show March 6 -Sunday, March 10 2013. Details to follow.

Recent past
Off the s{h}elf: the self and subjectivity in the artist’s book
Curated by Paula Roush, Teresa Paiva & Maria Lusitano who selected Marie Claire RIP.
An exhibition dedicated to various expressions of subjectivity in artists’ publications. It brings together contributions from a variety of formats and editions that consider the self in the artist’s book: http://offdshelf.wordpress.com/

Binding Image, Amsterdam
Pleased to have been included in an exhibition of artists books curated by Aram Tanis, details here.

ABCED – 33 books in a box
Presentation of the project by Tanja Lažetić in Slovenia
Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Maistrova 3
December 2012.
http://www.mg-lj.si/node/1002

ABCED

ABC presents “The Ed Show”
October, 2012
The Digital Art Gallery at the London South Bank University
The photobook 2012 Visiting Artists Programme features leading photographers and photobook artists who discuss contemporary issues in photo publishing.

Press


Katalog Magazine

Recent Article on the Marie Claire RIP series in the Danish arts magazine Katalog. Available here soon.

The A-Z of Visual Ideas

Venus Vanitas (2009) from the series Shoulder to Shoulder, has been featured in John Ingedew’s recent publication The A-Z of Visual Ideas.

Venus Vanitas

Talks
The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester
I was invited to give an artists talk at The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester in late 2012. More details and images can found here.

Books


Recent and Upcoming Fairs: 
The Dusseldorf Photo Weekend 2013  1-3 Februaray at NRW-Forum in Dusseldorf, Germany: http://www.duesseldorfphotoweekend.de/
Book Availability:
‘love is…’ - Hardcover 450 pages. Limited Edition of 150 (+APs).
Marie Claire RIP - Softcover, 10 x 8, 40 pages
from a distance - Hardcover, 10 x 8 inches, 116 pages

The series Shoulder to Shoulder is showing as part of Deptford X Fringe at The Albany from Friday 27th July.

SHOULDER TO SHOULDER

THE ALBANY

Mon to Fri 9am – 9pm, Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 1pm

An exhibition that uses the Suffragette movement to look at protest. Large-format constructed images look at the slashing of ‘The Rokeby Venus’ by Suffragette Mary Richardson in 1914 while performance, documented through photographs, records the act of protesting in modern demonstrations.

http://www.deptfordx.org/

The ‘love is…’ limited edition book has been reviewed by Anna McNay for Photomonitor: www.photomonitor.co.uk

I recently presented a talk at The Photographers Gallery as part of the Symposium Between Nature and Culture: Photography as Mediation and Method.
www.fotofolios.org

The ‘love is…’ project was selected for it’s own table at the Berlin Book days.
C/O Berlin and International Forum for Visual Dialogues have collaborated to bring you the second C/O Berlin Book Days at the Postfuhramt (May 25-26). This year, there will be a variety of presentations, books, lectures, talks, workshops, and exhibitions to immerse the participant into the world of the photobook.

Link

My series Marie Claire RIP was selected for the show “I Love You” curated by Richard Ansett and held at Tenderpixel Gallery in Central London.

Artists:

Grace Brown
Natasha Caruana
EJ Major
Pete McGovern
Andre Penteado

Press Release Link:

11 May – 16 June 2012″A photograph is a secret about a secret…the more it tells you the less you know.” Diane ArbusThe photograph presents a convincing reality. Creating instantaneously and with such minimal effort, the protagonist behind the lens is incapable of true objectification.

The concept of image purity neutralises its emotional intensity and democratises it to a more conventional aesthetic; information is part of the artist’s generated experience, and contemporary image-makers must have an understanding of their antecedents: knowing both where the boundaries are, and when to cross them.

An artistic statement allows for a further context to explore beyond the two-dimensional without imposing a vision. Denying it is either wholly meaningless, or a statement in itself.
Subconscious motivation can only be applied retroactively and being informed of an artist’s motivations can transform works beyond their aesthetic immediacy. The power – indeed, the danger – of photography is in its closeness to depriving us of reality. Simple acceptance of what we see only masks the deep issues that direct its core subject matter.

Richard Ansett
Curator

Link

UNIT 24 GALLERY PRESENTS PHOTO-SOUP

21 April – 12 May 2012

Artists

·  EJ Major
·  Carlos Saladén-Vargas
·  Gianni Forte
·  Mark Hamilton Gruchy
·  Melanie Stidolph
·  Roland Serani
·  Eti Wade
·  Nadege Meriau
·  Heather McDonough
·  Barbara van den Heuvel
·  Ania Cerelczak
·  Alex Drago
Unit 24 Gallery
20 Great Guildford Street
London SE1 0FD

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk

Work chosen by Aaron Schuman of See Saw magazine for FOAM’s ‘What Next?’ Edition:

http://www.foam.org/foam-magazine/news/foam-magazine-issue-29-what%27s-next

Work selected for Aesthetica Magazine’s Creative Works Annual 2012:

http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/shop.htm#cw

The love is… Limited Edition book has been profiled in AnOther magazine, Magenta’s Imprint and Amelias Magazine, links below:
“Who, What, Why – Love Is… Last Tango in Paris”
Photographer and winner of Salon Photo Prize 2011 EJ Major’s latest work ‘love is…’.
AnOther Magazine

Q&A: EJ Major on Love is… | Imprint
In 2004, Salon Photo Award Winner and Flash Forward alum EJ Major began a large- scale mail art project that incorporated images from the 1972 film Last …
Magenta’s Imprint

Amelia’s Magazine | An interview with artist EJ Major
Each of the 7000 postcards sent out by EJ Major carries an image from the film ‘ Last Tango In Paris’, possibly to act as inspiration to the recipients.
Amelia’s Magazine

Limited Edition availability through the Editions – Books link and at SP,BH

In 2012:

The Gathering at Diemar Noble gallery :

http://www.rhubarb-rhubarb.net/

ZAP launch exhibition: Collectible

http://www.zeitgeistartsprojects.com/exhibitions.html

Unspoken Ceremonies’ Art Exhibition at Parlour Gallery, NW5

http://creaturesofhabit.tk/

In 2011:

London Solo Show entitled Shoulder to Shoulder opened on Thursday 1st September 2011:
http://www.mattroberts.org.uk/mra/EJMajor11.html

Deptford X with Core Gallery:
www.coregallery.co.uk