Ever get tired of incessantly being told by adverts and weekend supplements how to decorate your home? The over-edited photo of an Indian cushion-laden parlour in Chelsea with £60 candles scattered around much like the empty cans that I have scattered around my own room anger me the most. We are constantly bombarded with images that are politely suggesting how we may want to live, and it gets a bit much.
Luckily, two spectacular yet very different photographers Jake Green and Emma Jane Spain, have taken the frustration of being told how to live, and have counteracted it in this current show The Tumbled House which aims to “turn the idea of the constructed home on its head and embrace failures as if they were triumphs. Combining notations of product photography and ideas of nostalgia, fakery and the damaged, The Tumbled House builds an ugly product for mass consumption.”
What is most exciting about this show is the chance to see these creatives put their heads together and collaborate. “When Emma and I work together what’s interesting is that there is no singular taking of a picture, much more a collective making of an image. As a practising commercial photographer it is quite refreshing and actually very liberating,” says Jake. Emma agrees: “There are definitely elements of both our practices in the work but it’s not like anything either of us would produce alone, it’s like observing a familiar mutant.”
Catch this show at The Stone Space in Leytonstone (E11 1NP) until November 11.
- My First: Colophon and Sophie Mayanne talk about the themes of their book, Twenty-Two
- Patrick Kyle uses analogue and digital techniques in these pared-back illustrations
- Audrey Weber’s eccentrically enlarged figurative illustrations
- Hanne Berkaak’s deeply moving and sensitive animation tackling self-harm
- The Smudge: Clay Hickson and Liana Jegers launch publication in reaction to US presidential result
- Set designer Gary Card on the importance of being a chameleon
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio