Current Exhibition

Tangible Heritage: Jarrod Thompson

Current Exhibition Exhibition in M Studio Gallery / Exhibition in TheGallery

13 November 2017 – 28 February 2018

Curated by Lois Clark

M Studio Gallery: Makers Space, AUB

An exhibition of photography and artefacts focusing on the work of Jarrod Thompson.

Heritage, in its essence, is a retrospective appreciation of what others feel deserve preservation. This exhibition explores the history of photography through techniques employed by the forefathers of the art form. The photogenic drawing or salt print, invented by Sir William Fox Talbot in 1834; gum bichromate developed by Mungo Ponton in 1839; the cyanotype, created by Sir John Herschel in 1842 and albumen printing invented by Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard in 1847. The aim is to demonstrate the craft through each process, from negative to print.

The work on display shows a time that is lost, void of the modern day, leaving only the memory of a distant past. In the age of the endless archive of the digital world these images are tangible artefacts that preserve our past.

The buildings left amongst the cities have been overlooked in their time, but are preserved by local communities in a desperate attempt to save the past so we can reflect on it in the future. As a photographer, Jarrod argues that the heritage of the craft is equal to the matter of the subject. The nostalgia of the subjects he photographs decay over time, as does the knowledge and heritage of the process, because antiques of today are the craft of yesterday. Jarrod believes the digital print or image is less tangible, valuable, sentimental and more disposable than a bespoke image created from raw chemicals.

The use of small prints creates an intimacy between the subject’s subtleties and the viewer. The relationship between camera, subject, process and print drives his curiosity to create an image that could be mistaken for a distant past.

Seeing the “Dead Confederate Sharpshooter on Little Round Top”, (Timothy O’Sullivan, 1863) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and standing in the place where the image was taken formed the inspiration to photograph areas of historical interest and research the processes behind historical techniques.

MEET THE Artist: Jarrod Thompson

Jarrod Thompson is a Technician Demonstrator for BA Photography and BA Commercial Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth and a part-time lecturer in Politics in the Media at Bournemouth University. He received his Master of Arts in World Heritage Resource Management at Bournemouth University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at C.W. Post Long Island University, New York.

After graduating, he became an award-winning photojournalist, equipping him with substantial experience in industry. He specialises in alternative and historical photographic processes, which stimulated him to produce the images in this exhibition to preserve the process and the subject, which he believes are of equal value. He views the subject matter as a link to the past, hoping to inspire a sense of nostalgia for the viewer, thus producing an emotional response to the photograph.

He is currently completing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education and his Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority at Bournemouth University. Teaching is his vocation and passion and he aims to keep historical processes alive by inspiring students to learn these techniques, fuelled by his own research into the subject. He is an active practitioner and researcher, consistently developing processes and methods to improve his own and his students’ practice.

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MEET THE CURATOR: lois clark

Lois Clark is a practising artist, freelance curator and digital marketer. She recently graduated from the University of Winchester with a Master’s Degree in Arts and Cultural Management and holds a BA (Hons) Fine Art from the University of Plymouth, where she graduated in 2006.

She began working for the Arts University Bournemouth in 2011 in the Faculty of Media and Performance, supporting the Dean of the Faculty. In 2017, she moved to work in the Marketing department as a Communications Officer where she currently works creating web content and managing AUB’s social media channels.

Lois co-curated A Hair’s Breadth in 2016 at AUB. The exhibition was a showcase of work by the BA Make-up for Media and Performance that provided an insight into the ingenious and unusual techniques used in the intricate work of hair and wig design.

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