10 December 2018 – 27 September 2019
WestBeach, Pier Approach, Bournemouth
TheGallery is delighted to work with WestBeach to feature the work of Megan Staple, BA (Hons) Photography Alumni, 2018.
Our Off-Site Arts Programme in association with WestBeach, showcases the work of staff, students and graduates from the Arts University Bournemouth.
We have worked with WestBeach Restaurant since the inaugural Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival in September 2011. Since then, Westbeach has participated in showcasing our Off-Site Arts Programme to the local Bournemouth community.
Meet the Artist: Megan Staple
Pushing the boundaries of concrete abstraction, still life photographer Megan Staple uses her hand-crafted studio sets to form geometric vibrant images that appear fictional. Born and raised in Somerset, Megan has delved into various corners of abstract photography with her interest in perspective manipulation starting in 2015. This practice finalises her BA (Hons) Photography Degree from the Arts University Bournemouth.
Staple’s recent body of work, Non-Fiction Fantasy uses analogue and medium format digital photography to capture the fragmented and distorted realities constructed in a studio. She pushes the boundaries of concrete abstraction, relying on the set and props to form geometric vibrant images that appear fictional.
The work is related to the Neo-Modernist movement in still life photography that privileges form over meaning, with additional emphasis on Staple’s rejection of post-production. Her inspiration derives from studying the history of abstract art including Cubism, Vorticism, and Constructivism, with later influences from Neo Geo, Kitsch, and Memphis Design. Prominent influential figures for Staple have been Barbara Kasten, Bahar Yurukoglu, and Daniel Gordon.