John Jones frame the Mary McCartney photography exhibition Monochrome/Colour
29 October 2014
John Jones are pleased to have provided the framing and installation for the forthcoming Mary McCartney exhibition: Monochrome | Colour, on show 21st November - 5th December 2014, at 3 Grafton Place, London.
Monochrome | Colour is the new publication of two parts by Mary McCartney published by GOST books. The publications collectively contain nearly 300 images taken between 1994 and 2014, a majority of which are previously unseen and unpublished, alongside exclusive and bespoke poetry and prose by Nick Hornby, David Gregory Roberts, Dr. John Cooper Clarke and Nick Laird.
The publication of Monochrome | Colour will be accompanied by an exhibition curated by de Pury de Pury that will run from 21st November to 5th December at 3 Grafton Street, London. Mary McCartney’s commercial and fashion work is familiar but these two publications bring together, for the first time, McCartney’s personal work as a cohesive body. Taken without the agenda of a creative brief, these photographs show the instinctive nature of McCartney’s photography, a desire to record the life around her.
Some of the works were taken behind-the-scenes at shoots and projects for which McCartney is known - her time with the Royal Ballet and fashion shoots – but all in moments of unguarded reprieve. However, the bulk of the photographs in these publications are of people, places and objects that captured McCartney’s interest and inquisitiveness: debris on the street, a shaft of light on a seated woman, street scenes at dusk, wigs in a shop window, strangers on a boat. Intentional blur, movement and varied exposure shows that McCartney's latest publication is a collection of images compiled with no audience in mind, other than herself. They add to the overall concept of the book, and a reflection in general that life is not always about perfection.
All images © Mary McCartney
Distributed in the UK by Cornerhouse and internationally by Idea Books. www.gostbooks.com/books/47/mary-mccartney-monochrome-colour
The Monochrome | Colour exhibition will be curated by de Pury de Pury and will run from November 21st to December 5th at 3 Grafton Street, London, W1S 4EE.
Opening Times: 11am – 4pm, Monday to Friday, entrance is free.
The book can be purchased here: http://www.gostbooks.com/books/47/mary-mccartney-monochrome-colour
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About Mary McCartney
Born in London in 1969, Mary McCartney’s photographic work has focused on discovering those rare moments of unguarded, emotionally charged intimacy that offers us a new insight to the subject.
McCartney’s work has concentrated on the world of portrait and candid reportage photography and is suffused with a deep personal investment that captures the creative chemistry between Mary and her subjects. McCartney’s responses to her wide variety of subjects are as spontaneous as they are studied, as shown by her first solo exhibition ‘Off Pointe – A Photographic Study of The Royal Ballet After Hours' in October 2004. A series of powerful images that reveals the chaos of life behind the scenes of the elite Royal Ballet and the contrast between the sometimes grueling, painful lifestyle of the dancers and their fairy tale performances.
In ‘Playing Dress Up’ (Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas 2007), McCartney chronicled the rarefied and at times, both monotonous and madcap, world of high fashion, both on the
catwalk and backstage with an unreserved collection of images. McCartney’s talent for encapsulating the inspirations, histories and personalities of her subjects, such as Tracey Emin dressed as Frida Kahlo, is most evident in her previous exhibition ‘Developing’ (The Lowry, Manchester, 2013). Showcasing her distinctive style in portraying visually vulnerable, off-guard portraits that seem unlikely without McCartney’s affinity with her subject. McCartney also has a number of photographs in several group commissions that were exhibited internationally including the National Portrait Gallery, London (Gay Icons, 2009) and The Waterfront, New York City (Strength and Beauty Embodied by Avant-Garde Women, 2007). In 2013 the legendary lens manufacturer Zeiss commissioned McCartney, to shoot their prestigious annual Zeiss Art Calendar. Entitled ‘Moments in the City’ and featuring Gemma Arterton and Alec Baldwin, the images were shot using black-and-white film and exude McCartney’s characteristic enigmatic and filmic quality. McCartney’s latest and ongoing project, entitled #Someone, has seen her utilizing the digital medium of Instagram to capture spontaneous and personal moments in her distinctive and unguarded style.
FOOD: Vegetarian Home Cooking
Chatto & Windus - 2012
From Where I Stand
Thames & Hudson – 2010
Lowry Gallery, UK, 2013
Izzy Gallery, Toronto, 2013
Crossover, Hamburg 2013
From Where I Stand
Michael Hoppen Gallery, UK, 2010
Staley Wise Gallery, USA, 2010
Display, National Portrait Gallery, UK, 2010
Contributed, Germany, 2011
Tres Hombres, Sweden, 2012
British Style Observed
Natural History Museum, London, 2008
Royal Opera House, London, 2004
Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton, 2007
Playing Dress Up
Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas, 2007
OXO Tower Wharf, London, 2007
Strength and Beauty Embodied by Avant-Garde Women
The Waterfront -New York City and Royal College of Art - London, 2007
31 Studio EXPOSED, Platinum Prints