In a desire to reconnect with nature, Ellie Davies (b. 1976) collages together photographs of rich forestry and the night sky. In Stars (2014-2015), she recontextualises images captured by the Hubble telescope by layering them over scenic landscapes. Ancient areas of trees are interspersed with images of the Milky Way, Omega Centauri, the Norma Cluster and embryonic stars. This mixture of dense greenery with sparkling lights creates a mystical aura, celebrating the captivating beauty inherent in the organic arena. The positioning of the stars in clearings draws the viewer into each image. Each work reflects a link between the woodland space and the intangible and unknown universe, which, in turn, encapsulates Davies’ s own feelings of detachment when in a natural setting. The artist is attracted by the wonder of the forest, but is alienated by its fundamental otherness, separating her from a truly immersive relationship with the natural world. www.elliedavies.co.uk.
Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010, Tate Modern, London
Including works which have never been exhibited as well as paintings, films, sculptures, notebooks, slide projections and photocopies from across five decades, Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 will be the first exhibition to fully encompass the enormously varied range of materials with which Polke worked.
Adam Magyar: Kontinuum, Julie Saul Gallery, New York
Experimental video and still photography artist, Adam Magyar is now showing for the first time outside of Europe and Asia, with various works including new prints from the artist's Urban Flow series.
The UK's largest photography festival, FORMAT, will explore the theme of Habitat in 2017. The eight edition of the biennial festival opens 24 March.
Art Brussels 2017
2017 sees the 35th edition of Art Brussels, one of Europe’s most significant fairs. Since its inception, the festival has evolved into an influential event.
Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf presents the immeasurable tension of waiting in his recent series, located in the space between hope and regret.