Virgilio Ferreira – Uncanny Places at High House Gallery
21 October 2013 § 1 Comment
High House Gallery always seems like a secret shared by juts a few. Tucked away in a pretty as a picture Cotswold village (with, I am delighted to say, the obligatory historic Cotswold pub) it is a delight to be able to see the finest quality contemporary art unecumbered by the hassle of parking restrictions, city noise, busy traffic and free from pompous, self-important gallery assistants. This month Portuguese artist Virgilio Ferreira has been selected for a wonderful solo show, his clever takes on city life providing an excellent contrast with the leafy gallery location.
Ferreira deals with the uncanny and intangible. His light-as-a-feather photography weaves in and out of focus, playing with perception and sight. Looking to capture impressions that are vague or intangible, he includes notions of social and everyday life. Creatively exploring the analogue photographic process Ferreira attempts to deny any fixed reality or a the vision that is offered by the camera. Aesthetically, the images have many similarities with qualities of painting or drawing.
Deliberately using a process which is difficult to control he simultaneously articulates many tools and elements during the capture of the image. These include: experimenting with focus, or the lack of it, multiple layers, obstructions, appearances and disappearances, as well as liquid colours. He explores the representativity of the invisible and creates atmospheres with subjective impact on reception, challenging the nature of perception.
Ferreira states that “Feelings and perceptions are developing into a more fluid, less concrete state, made of blurred realities. It seems that there is a growing sense of doubt about how to live in this era of uncertainty.
“People fascinate me and what emanates from them, such as behaviours, emotional expressions and gestures, cultural codes and the spiritual quality of being. There are people that attract me and make me stop, regardless of photographing these individuals or not. In general I spend a lot of time watching the other and myself.”
The works are reasonably priced – immaculately mounted and framed and in small editions they start at less than £1000. High House are not yet required to charge VAT so you effectively can immediately save about 20% – at this price Virgilio Ferreira is well worth a much closer look.
Exhibition runs until Sunday 3 November 2013 / Thursday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
High House Gallery, Main Street, Clanfield, Oxon OX18 2SH
t 01367 810126 m 07951 681571
Virgilio Ferreira was born in Portugal currently attending MA Photography University of Brighton. He has taken an advanced course on Cinematographic Photography, at the International School of Cinema, the Higher Photography Course at the École des Arts Paris as well as the Porto Technical School of Photography. He lives and works between UK and Porto. He has has thirteen international solo exhibitions in the last six years. He was winner of the 1st International Photography Prize, Encontros da Imagem, Portugal and of the FNAC New Talent Award, Portugal.
High House Gallery. Founded in 2011 by Martin Jenner and situated within a grade II listed Victorian mansion and recently-restored formal gardens located in the Oxfordshire village of Clanfield, the gallery promotes only the best in critically-engaged contemporary art. The innovative exhibition programme features both solo shows and curated group exhibitions from an international roster of gallery and invited artists.