15th April 2016 — 28th May 2016
ALMA ZEVI, Venice
Tom Lovelace lives and works in London. He studied Fine Art, specialising in Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth, receiving First Class Honours before reading Art History at Goldsmiths College, London. Lovelace works at the intersection of photography, sculpture and intervention. His practice is grounded in a reinvention of everyday objects, materials and processes. The history of photography and its relationship with the disciplines of sculpture and performance underpin his research.
Lovelace has exhibited across the UK, Europe and USA. His work has been displayed alongside Richard Wentworth, Eva Stenram, Graham Gussin, Martha Rosler and Ai Wei Wei.
In 2015, Lovelace was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and the Prix Pictet award. Features and reviews include The Guardian, The Telegraph, Financial Times, Time Out London, Contemporary Art Society, Dazed and Confused, Philosophy of Photography, Art Licks, Of The Afternoon, Source Photographic Review, a-n and The Rebel Magazine. His book Work Starts Here is currently held in the Tate Artist’s Book Collection.
The work of Tom Lovelace encourages wanderings across decades, re-considering the photograph as document or art (Fox Talbot), the photographic document as art or anti-art (Breton, Bataille, Brecht), and the endless permutations that are part of Conceptual Art and its legacy.
Tom Lovelace’s work explores the boundaries of representation. Pursuing the questions prompted by his vehement style of photography, he orchestrates spatial and sculptural installations through extensive survey and experiments into the conceptual boundaries of photography. Lovelace suggestively fabricates temporary structures for the purpose of superseding the site of their execution or documentation as photograph. The object and the photograph reveal the tangible materiality of sculpture and the optical truth of photography, and by moving between these disciplines Lovelace forges his inherent style.