Stephen Gill

Stephen Gill's first retrospective exhibition at FOAM in Amsterdam.
17 May - 14 July 2013

Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam

The exhibition Best Before End by Stephen Gill incorporates a number of photographic series that Gill made in and around the London Borough of Hackney over the past fourteen years. Having made straight descriptive photographic studies for many years, his approach shifted as he discovered the limitations of this type of aesthetic to convey all ideas. Gill made various attempts to jump outside the technical boundaries that photography imposed. He began to work with, and to explore photography’s weaknesses and invited an element of chance to help convey the spirit of the subject. His processes include burying photographs, making exuberant flower collages, placing objects inside the camera so that their traces could be encapsulated within the film emulsion thus adding confusion of scale. Gill’s most recent series, entitled Best Before End, resulted from part processing negatives in energy drinks, bringing forth the most fantastic, abstract and vibrantly coloured works that somehow reflect the intensity of modern inner city life. Pushing the boundaries of the photographic image, Gill shows that photography still offers endless possibilities to surprise the world with great marvel. A true pleasure for the eye.