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Poster--John_Lewell--RECONNECTING

"john lewell|RECONNECTING" at The Strand Gallery, 19-23 May, 2015

Artist/photographer/author John Lewell will be showing over 50 new works at The Strand Gallery, 19-23 May, 2015. The exhibition will be a rare opportunity to see full-size prints of these pictures which are otherwise only viewable online at greatly reduced resolution.

John Lewell says: "I'm calling it 'Reconnecting' because I'm trying to renew the connection between art and photography, bringing back some of photography's unique characteristics like spontaneity and the decisive moment."

"A lot of the major artists who use photography tend to aim for objectivity and what the critics call 'presence'. But in this endeavour I think they've thrown out some of photography's better qualities. I think I've found a way of reinstating them, hopefully without falling into the trap of the literalness of straight photography."

Based on street photography originated by the artist, "Reconnecting" features images that have been taken apart and then reconstructed, often with changes of colour and position. They share a common format, being composed of 21 portrait-shaped rectangles separated by narrow white lines and set within an overall landscape frame.

John Lewell has a degree in Fine Art from the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse) and studied film at what is now the University for the Creative Arts.

He is the author of several books, including two on photographic software and two on computer graphics, published respectively by Cengage, John Wiley, Van Nostrand Reinhold, and McGraw-Hill. He is also the author of "Modern Japanese Novelists," published by Kodansha.

Small versions of the pictures, together with notes, artist's statement and other details, can be found online at:
www.johnlewell.com

Open Edition versions of the works may be purchased from The Hub at https://art.tt/hvp

Journalists may attend the Private View on 19 May at 6.00pm-8.30pm (RSVP). For interviews, press images, other information and RSVPs, please contact John Lewell at:
johnlewell@gmail.com

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