Recent Exhibition and New Work from Korea “I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here”

Intro image for the series "I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here" from the recent exhibition: "Thinking Media 2", Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art, Center, Seoul, Korea © Simon Larbalestier©

Intro image for the series “I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here” from the recent exhibition: “Thinking Media 2”, Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art, Center, Seoul, Korea © Simon Larbalestier

A series of photographs representing evidential documents of places I have momentarily inhabited, whilst experiencing a strong sense of personal displacement, both physically and psychologically. The combination of an aesthetic that utilizes an analogue retro-framing of digitally captured imagery, further enhances this state of displacement. Time stamp notations on each image serve as a reminder that the reading of a photographs is always retrospective, and acknowledges the notion, that the passing of time is always referenced in the present moment. The content of the photographs record fragmented details of unfamiliar texts, abandoned objects of sedentary interior comforts, disembodied or malformed vegetation, bicycles, foggy landscapes or habitats that are in states of decay. Simon Larbalestier, December 2012

The text is sourced from Merleau-Ponty’s “Phenomenology of Perception” (1945)

The text is sourced from Merleau-Ponty’s “Phenomenology of Perception” (1945)

Some of these photographs were recently exhibited at the Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art Center, Korea (12-18th December 2012) in an exhibition entitled “Thinking Media 2” along with a list of the following invited artists: (Alphabetical Order) CHOI iL (Korea), Jung Hee CHOI (USA), Michael CROFT (UK), Anna CYBELE  (USA), Jung-Chul HUR (Korea), KANG You Ran (Korea), Ahram KWON (Korea), JUNG Kyuho (Korea), Simon Larbalestier (UK), Jack MALIPAN (Poland), David MRUGALA (Germany), Nikos PAPDIMITRIOU (Greece) and Jinsik SHIN (Korea)

The following images are from the catalogue, the exhibition and cropped details of my work.

 

Thinking Media 2 catalogue

Thinking Media 2 catalogue designed by Jinsik SHIN

My catalogue page introducing the concept of my project entitled "I can Be Somewhere Else  While Staying Here"

My catalogue page introducing the concept of my project entitled “I can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here”

 

Exhibition reference images

Exhibition Reference Images

Exhibition reference images

Exhibition Reference Images

"I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here"  (detail) from the recent exhibition: "Thinking Media 2", Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art, Center, Seoul, Korea © Simon Larbalestier

“I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here” (detail) from the recent exhibition: “Thinking Media 2”, Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art, Center, Seoul, Korea © Simon Larbalestier

"I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here"  (detail) from the recent exhibition: "Thinking Media 2", Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art, Center, Seoul, Korea © Simon Larbalestier

“I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here” (detail) from the recent exhibition: “Thinking Media 2”, Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art, Center, Seoul, Korea © Simon Larbalestier

 

Exhibition Reference Image; left side, my work, right side: Micheal Croft

Exhibition Reference Image; left side, my work, right side: Micheal Croft

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Simon Larbalestier

I graduated with a Master of Art degree from the Royal College of Art, London in 1987 and from my degree show I began my collaboration with the one of the worlds most influential designer Vaughan Oliver with the record label 4AD, and I have continued to do so for the last 25 years. We have worked together on many design projects in the last 25 years but perhaps the most critically acclaimed is the work we designed for the American rock band the Pixies who are credited with being a major influence on the alternative rock boom of the 1990s. The Pixies' legacy and popularity has grown in the years following their break-up in 1993, leading to sold-out world tours following their reunion in 2004. My photography has been a key factor in the success of their packaging which has resulted in two separate Grammy nominations. In 1989 I was profiled on BBC2's influential art British television arts magazine “The Late Show”. I was one of four British photographers featured which also included Paul Graham and Waldemar Januszczak. At this time my photographic studio was based in the rapidly developing London Docklands and I was shooting for blue chip clients like Olympia and York, Esso, Guinness and Asda (see Client list). My work has been exhibited and published internationally since 1985 and has received international critical acclaim. In 1993 I was commissioned by the publishers Mitchell Beazley to research, collate and write the book “The Art and Craft of Montage” (ISBN 1857320999). It has since sold out but had become a widely sourced reference book for students working with analogue imaging mediums before the rise of digital imaging software like Adobe Photoshop CS and Illustrator. I set up my first website in 1998 offering online print sales and image licensing. This online presence now includes a blog and many other web links to my extensive image archive. In 2009 Vaughan Oliver and I collaborated again on a limited edition box set re-issue of Pixies recordings, Minotaur, which included a 72-page book of new photography and graphics. At a time when print design was in serious decline due to the popularity of online publications, this was an unprecedented move in the design world. In April 2010, I joined Snap Galleries, located in Piccadilly, London, celebrating with a major Pixies Retrospective 1986-2009. This exhibition brought together, for the first time anywhere in the world, two distinct yet complementary bodies of work by me: historic studio based photographs that appeared on the Pixies record sleeves from the 1980s and 90ʼs, and new images created in Bangkok in 2008 specifically for the lavish Pixiesʼ box set project, Minotaur. I have been based in Bangkok, Thailand since 2001 teaching and developing my own personal photographic research and have built up a comprehensive and extensive South East Asian and Asian image library. This is now represented by the London photographic agency, Millennium Images, and the International agency, Alamy.

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