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ART FIX: A year in portraits

ART FIX: A year in portraits

Friday 11 December 2020

ART FIX: A year in portraits

A local gallery is presenting a visual study of ‘being human’ with a series of portraits of islanders along with their reflections on 2020 and life in general.

Every Friday, Express presents a selection of online and offline exhibitions, performances, workshops, events and other historic and creative content to help islanders get their weekly dose of culture.

Here is this week's offering...

‘2020, a year in vision’

Photographer Glenn Perotte is presenting 55 high-definition portraits he captured this year at CCA Galleries International.

Each of the portraits, which combine six high-resolution prints to give an honest and detailed look at the sitters, is accompanied by the subject’s reflections on 2020.

Many reflected on the loss of touch and discussed themes of an emotional, social, cultural and political nature. 

‘A year in vision’ is described as a “visual study of being human” with the varied captions presenting “a candid depiction of existence."

This project evolved from a similar technique Glen used to document a community in Florida 10 years ago. It reconciles the aesthetic with significant advances in photographic technology and the art of realism.


Pictured: Blair Tallibard is one of the 55 people Glen Perotte photographed this year.

Using a technique that employs multiple exposures and differing focal points, the images were combined to create a new form - hyper realistic portraiture.

A book on the exhibition – which continues until 29 January - is also available for sale, with all proceeds going to Jersey Hospice. 

“The yearning for change existed long before the pandemic,” the charity’s CEO, Emelita Robbins, said. “We live in a connected world, where acts of collaboration and good intent have shown themselves to be of the greatest value. Perhaps 2020 will end with a commitment to change, and an acceptance that authenticity has moral implications for without such it is mere narcissism. 

“We can use our freedom to benefit not only ourselves but the lives of others.”


Blooms at the Library 


Pictured: The 3,400 paper flowers have found a new home at the Children's Library.

After gracing the Maritime Museum, the 3,400 paper flowers of the Skipton Forget Me Knots​ art installation will be moving to Jersey Library, where they will remain on display for the foreseeable future.

“​The Children’s Library has been transformed into a vibrant meadow of cornflower blue, with Forget Me Knot flower pots sprouting up across the shelves,” said Ed Jewell, Chief Librarian at Jersey Library​. 

“I’m very pleased we can give a second home to this glorious burst of creativity, showcasing the work of children from across the Island.”


Pictured: Over 2,200 people visited the installation.

The flowers were created earlier this year by over 3,400 schoolchildren who were asked to design them based on their experiences and feelings following the pandemic.

“We couldn’t be happier that Ed and the Jersey Library have agreed to give them a new lease of life. The flowers have taken on different meanings as the year has gone on as our collective experience with covid-19 evolved over time. It would be too soon to put them away just yet," ArtHouse Jersey Producer Natasha Dettman ​s​aid. 


Media team to the rescue                

When covid restrictions prevented the family and friends of St. Martin’s School pupils from attending their Nativity performance, students from the media department at Highlands College stepped in to help. 

Three students the Level 3 Media course - Sammy, Thomas and Finlay - and Media Production Co-ordinator Sue Diggle all volunteered to help record the performance.  

Highlands College praised the group, noting how they had gone “out of their way to help others”. “All four are a credit to the College,” they added.

One parent commented: "This will be priceless for many of us who really only get one chance to see their children perform in a nativity in their lifetime."


Big waves at the White House


Pictured: The White House picture was captured by local photographer Paul Lakeman.

A photograph showing a large wave crashing again Le Don Hilton in St. Ouen's Bay has earned local photographer Paul Lakeman a spot on the BBC's 'Pic of the season' shortlist for Autumn.

Votes are open until 15 December.

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