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Anne Hardy EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Cell
Anne Hardy
Cell

2004

Diasec mounted c-type print

120 x 150 cm
Anne Hardy’s photographs picture depopulated rooms that suggest surreal fictions. Working in her studio, Hardy builds each of her sets entirely from scratch; a labour-intensive process of constructing an empty room, then developing its interior down to the most minute detail. Using the transient nature of photography, Hardy’s images withhold the actual experience of her environments, allowing our relationship with them to be in our imagination.
Drift
Anne Hardy
Drift

2004

Diasec mounted c-type print

120 x 180 cm
The painterly aspect of Hardy’s work is exemplified in Drift: an image of a buried room. The room’s spatial qualities are almost completely negated, flattened by the camera’s aperture into a self-consciously pictorial surface. The extreme lighting of the scene both intensifies and diffuses the objects’ textures giving the control panel an impasto effect, and the ‘earth’ the soft feel of impressionistic brush marks. The sparse furnishings conceive the scene in terms of geometric abstraction, a metered tableau of hard-edged shapes and affected concentrated colours.
Untitled VI
Anne Hardy
Untitled VI

2005

Diasec mounted c-type print

120 x 150 cm
In pieces such as Cell and Untitled VI, Hardy’s dense interiors become sites of wonder and unease as seemingly miscellaneous found objects compile with an obsessive and meticulous order. Hardy’s subjects exude the not-quite-right ambience of dreamscape or madness; a sensation heightened through the unnatural intensity of artificial light. Printed in large format, Hardy’s photos give the viewer a sense of looking through a window at these spaces.
Cipher
Anne Hardy
Cipher

2007

Diasec mounted c-type print

144 x 174 cm
Hardy’s work transforms sculpture into photographic ‘paintings’. Though her scenes are built in actuality, their compositions are developed to be viewed from one vantage point only and it’s only their 2 dimensional images that are shown. Hardy uses the devices inherent within photography to heighten her work’s painterly illusion. In Cipher, aspects such as the hazy aura around the fluorescent lights, faux grotto walls, and the spatial defiance of the hanging ropes, give allusion to gesture and drawn lines.
Building
Anne Hardy
Building

2006

Diasec mounted c-type print

120 x 150 cm
Through her intensive process of set building Hardy engages with ideas of theatricality, fiction, and performance. Her scenes suggest not only elaborate narratives of place, character, and events, but also a meta-narrative of obsession and control in manifesting their fantasy – all for the solitary moment of the photograph. Unlike film stills, which represent an image of a linear and contextualised story, Hardy’s photographs compound a sense of disjointedness and isolation. Their hermetic aura and invitation to scrutiny affirms their uncanniness or ‘unrealness’. Building offers a surveillance room for forensic study, its wall of monitors broadcasting yet another world within its imagined scene, a further layer of embellished construction, reflecting on the fabricated nature of all realities.






Other artists in
NEWSPEAK: BRITISH ART NOW

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lynette Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    Systems House    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut     littlewhitehead    Alastair MacKinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Anne Hardy's BIOGRAPHY

Anne Hardy
1970
Born in United Kingdom

Lives and works in London


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Italy

2009
Maureen Paley, London, UK

2008
Bellwether Gallery, New York

2006
Maureen Paley, London

2005
ArtSway, Sway, UK

2004
Laing Solo, Laing Gallery, Newcastle
Interior Landscapes, Quicksilver Galerie, Berlin, Germany


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2010
Party, The New Art Gallery, Walsall
The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, 176 / Zabludowicz Collection, London

2008
Untitled (Vicarious): Photographing the Constructed Object, Gagosian, New York, US
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK (c)
Greetings from Thingland, Friends of Helsinki Biennale, Helsinki Biennale, Helsinki Design Museum, Finland
New Photography in Britain, Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy
A Stain Upon The Silence, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK
The Brotherhood of Subterranea, Kunstbunker, Nuremberg, Germany

2007
07/08, Bellwether, New York, USA
52nd International Art Exhibition: La Biennale di Venezia, New Forest Pavilion, Venice, Italy (c)
New Forest Pavilion Local, ArtSway, UK (c)
STILL LIFE, STILL: contemporary variations, T 1+2 Gallery, London, UK
The Juddykes, The Old Art Shop at John Jones, London, UK
The Lucifer Effect, Primo Alonso, London, UK

2006
MERZ, Magazin4, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Austria, curated by Peter Lewis, (c)

2005
to be continued…/jaatku… Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland, curated by Brett Rodgers and Mika Elo (c)
Faux Realism part 1, Royal Academy Hornsey Pumphouse Gallery, London, UK.

2004
The House in The Middle, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK (c).
Really True! Photography and the promise of reality, Ruhrlandsmuseum, Essen, Germany, (c).
Polaroid, 39, London, UK.
Handluggage, K3, Zurich, Switzerland.
Half Light, Rockwell, London, with Gordon Cheung and Maxwell Attenborough

2003
see. Be seen. VTO, London, UK.
London Calling, contemporary, Berlin, Germany.
Isabella Brancollini, Florence, Italy.
-portal, Studio J, Osaka, Japan.