Josephine Pryde: These are just things I say, They are not my opinions.
These Are Just Things I Say, They Are Not My Opinions is a new exhibition of British artist Josephine Pryde, an artist known primarily for her work with photography, though she often presents work with sculptural elements. Pryde plays with different photographic conventions, for example publicity or advertising images, where seductive and highly staged, high resolution images evoke and respond to desire. She draws on this visual language, responding to ideas and larger conceptual frameworks such as the history of photography and the moving image, through details, references, or the juxtaposition of different works.
Pryde’s works embrace moments of beauty – the shimmering surfaces of fabric, portraits of staged personas, or frozen images of splashing liquids. On first glance, the conventions of commercial and artistic photography seem to apply to these images, but on closer viewing, there are cues that subtly question the very visual language that she uses and references.
For Arnolfini, Pryde presents an installation that combines a new series of photographs and a three dimensional work – a miniature train that can be ridden through the galleries. The disclaimer in the exhibition title highlights questions around speech: what might be the difference between what is said and what is held as an opinion? Why distinguish between the two? And what is being said?
(text from Arnolfini website)
Until February 22.