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LESLEY BUNCH / Photographer - Painter

Lesley Bunch is a painter and photographer who lives and works in London. His work has been exhibited extensively in the UK, Europe, Asia, South America and the United States.
Recent exhibitions featuring his "Shadow Series" photographs include "Ten Artists to Watch" at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, a solo exhibition at the CICA Museum in Seoul, South Korea, and the "Visual Representations of Multilingualism" traveling exhibition organized by the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) in collaboration with CuratorSpace, Multilingual Matters and AILA Research Network for Creative Inquiry and Applied Linguistics.
Lesley studied Fine Arts and Art History at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. This was followed by a Masters in Archeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she focused on Japanese art of the Edo period. He recently completed a year of residency at Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts in London.


In ancient Greece, shadow, or SKIA, meant "trace". The Greeks trace the beginning of the art of painting to the moment when the profile of someone's shadow was drawn on a wall. However Jung thought of the shadow as the unconscious part of the self, which accompanies us but is never fully revealed. For my "Shadow Language" series I borrow objects from others who are invested with the emotions, memory and sense of identity of their owners. The stories of the lenders influence my manipulation of their object as I compose a shadow. The detail of the shadow does not allow identification of its projection object, nor does it reveal a value for human use. Each shadow is infinitely reduced to itself and becomes a detached and autonomous entity, no longer anchored or substitute for its object of projection. It is an impenetrable, unclassifiable, de-familiarized form, poised between the shadow and the object in the eye of the beholder. Taken separately, each shadow becomes a manifestation or "remains" of my exchange with the lender. Put together these "remains" form a kind of language. I often present them in the guise of a logographer and sometimes as an object in itself. Ultimately they are a visual language that resists verbal interpretation. My "language of shadows" depends on the context, designed to absorb a multiplicity of meanings, coexisting in harmony. My intention is to reflect a plurality of experiences, with an "agent cancellation". The focus here is not on something meaningful from language, but on the infinite potential for meaning generation of language through its focusing on itself and always renewing itself.
Shadows are fleeting and are described in physics as "holes in the light". Here I am a non-verbal language disconnected from the literal meaning; an "absent presence". They are something of our "hyper-real" world, of the unanchored over-inform
ation in which we move more and more.

Lesley Bunch "Absence : Presence"  /  solo exhibition at Arte Borgo Gallery - Rome
Concretion © Lesley Bunch Photographer
Flight © Lesley Bunch Photographer
Shadow flower © Lesley Bunch Photographer
Portico © Lesley Bunch Photographer
Hop On, Hop Off © Lesley Bunch Photographer
The Walk © Lesley Bunch Photographer

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