Royal Albert Hall presents Reflect: Tom Oxley - Face to Face: The Moving Portrait
22 May, 2013
Royal Albert Hall Presents reflect
T O M O X L E Y:
FACE TO FACE: THE MOVING PORTRAIT
Venue: The Royal Albert Hall Gallery (entry through Door 1)
Free Open Evening: 16th June 2013, 6pm-9pm
As part of the Hall’s free reflect exhibition series and for one night only, Tom Oxley will be presenting his latest exhibition on the gallery walls of the Royal Albert Hall, Face to Face: The Moving Portrait. These will be three-minute high definition video portraits, 16ft in height, projected onto the Royal Albert Hall’s gallery walls, overlooking the main auditorium, and will be the first time that an exhibition has been displayed at the Royal Albert Hall in this way.
Oxley recently embarked on a personal project of ‘moving portraits’ that led to his first major solo exhibition at the end of 2012. This innovative portfolio of video portraits includes prolific musicians of our time such as Liam Gallagher, Johnny Marr, Azealia Banks, Friendly Fires, Professor Green, Mark Ronson, Wretch 32, The Maccabees and Miles Kane amongst others being projected larger than life onto the Royal Albert Hall’s gallery interior walls. This enables the viewer to study each subject up close and personal, providing them with an intimacy into the character of the artist that they have never been seen before.
The concept suggests the power of the conventional single frame can evolve into its own unique narrative. The “moving photograph” is a new convergence of media techniques allowing us to see the subject in (literally) a new light. The portraiture landscape has changed incredibly in the last few years, allowing Oxley to progress with this new and exciting venture, whereby directing subtle movements from the subject, he creates a striking visual impact.
The brand new LED projectors from Casio allow the frames to be even larger and sharper than ever before. The scale of the artists’ portraits will be arresting in size and the viewer will feel almost voyeuristic as they look on and feel alive with who is in front of them.
Tom Oxley said, “My exhibition is predominantly about pushing forward a combination of photography and video together to create a new visual platform. The technique used for the installation pays homage to the practice of 19th century photographers and to emulate these methods in the 21st century for a modern audience. It’s an honour and a privilege to exhibit work here in the main auditorium of perhaps the most iconic venue in the world. It feels absolutely perfect to be showing large scale portraits in the Royal Albert Hall where so many music legends have already made their mark”
This event is part of the Royal Albert Hall’s More At The Hall series which presents a diverse range of excellent value and free events outside of the main auditorium including jazz, classical and world music, comedy shows and art exhibitions. The Hall looks to provide memorable visitor experiences for all and, as a charity, these own-promoted events form a part of its extensive public benefit remit.
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Sunday 16th June 18.00 - 21.00 (Free open evening)
Admission is free.
Monday 17th June 18.30 - 22.30 (Private View)
For more information, images and interview requests please contact:
Sean Carrigan I SeanC@royalalberthall.com I 020 7959 0531
Notes to editors
The exhibition is primarily about pushing forward a combination of photography and video together to create a new form of portraiture in the digital age. Over the last few years Oxley as had the pleasure of working with some of the most famous artists in the world, including Adele, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, Kings of Leon and Florence & The Machine to name a few, but it’s also as important to Oxley to engage with new and emerging artists. He loves to discover new music, and work directly with the musicians themselves. The evolution of the moving portrait has grown hugely since the first exhibition, and after the June 2013 show at the Royal Albert Hall, Oxley will continue to work with the portraits in other areas and genres
such as fashion and sport.
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events.
Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, the Hall is a registered charity which operates without public funding, remaining true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with 200 events outside the auditorium, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers.
The Hall also offers the Elgar Room, a state-of-the-art small-scale performance space which hosts performances of classical music, jazz and world music, comedy, dance and hush, a series of gigs for just signed bands throughout the year. In the main auditorium, it offers the Albert Sessions, an initiative that encourages up and coming acts to play at the Hall by offering reduced rental fees to promoters and lower ticket prices to encourage younger audiences to visit the Hall. It also works extensively with schools, young people, disadvantaged groups and partners such as Music For Youth through its Education programme, reaching over 100,000 participants each year as part of its extensive public benefit remit. It has also been appointed by the Arts Council as one of the country’s regional music education hubs.
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