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Geoff Bartholomew

MA work

Turn Me Loose

The past few years I have been observing and archiving the traces of interaction between the built environment and its inhabitants. The emerging works are Turn Me Loose, a series of monochrome architectural photographs. The work combines the rectangles hefty history, with sites of civil unrest and collision. As a result questions are raised regarding architectures cognitive manifestation and the boundaries of orthogonal city planning.

In each of these works a phase is frozen, harnessing the photographs capacity to form a new order. The frames rigour dislodges the viewer’s perceptual adaptation: the retinas upside down projection and the brains subsequent rotation is curbed. The photographs give the feeling of the monumental; Though here the ‘dead matter’ is not so much being commemorated, but is a cue for becoming. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2014

  • Chance and risk are fundamental to my work, which is generated by apparatuses and systems beyond my control. My practice spans drawing, intervention and installation, but is grounded in photography. Through such mediums, methodologies and processes unpredictable outcomes are facilitated. These acts engage the built environment and its infrastructures, in an effort to reveal and reflect on underlying patterns and states of order and disorder.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Photography, Camberwell College of Arts, 2011
  • Experience

  • Sculptors assistant, Robots Art Collective, London 2012-present; Artist assistant, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Jemima Burrill and Joel Peers, London, 2010-13; Visiting artist, London College of Communication, Camberwell College of Arts, The University of Northampton, 2013-14; Technician internship, Artists Anonymous, London, 2007-8
  • Exhibitions

  • Postal Service, La Taché Gallery, Barcelona, 2014; Seafront Commission, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 2013; Commercial Potential - collaboration with Andréas Brännström, Dyson Building RCA, London, 2013; Showroom, University of the Arts London, London, 2013; Future Map, 176 Gallery/Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2012; Bar Tur Award, Paradise Row, London, 2012; All I Want is Out of Here, October Gallery, London, 2012; Paradise, Pre Liminal Rites, Milan, 2012 ; Departure Lounge, collaboration with Jim Woodall, Pumphouse Gallery, London, 2012; Cut for Sign, collaboration with Joel Peers, Bethnal Green Library, London, 2011; Il Mondo A Brera, Villa Borromeo, Lainate, 2011; Motel Lucie, NoNo projects, Lucie Fontaine Gallery, Milan, 2011; Damstadter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany, 2010
  • Awards

  • Christopherson Scholarship, RCA, 2012; Future Map, Zabludowicz Collection, 2012 ; Bar Tur Award, 2011
  • Publications

  • Waving Flags, Royal College of Art, 2013; Philip Serfaty & Rosie Day, Jotta, 2013; Tabish Khan, FAD magazine, 2012