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Jess Laljee


Day For Night Exploring artifice, using light and darkness, these photographs hint at a hybrid status between found and staged images, although nothing is physically altered. Long after they are completed, the meaning in the images continues to develop. Suggestions of failure, loss, urban life, and the particularities of the photographic, looking and seeing, weave in and out; oscillating between allegory and realism - between night and day. When the photographs are exhibited, the purely visual combines with the idea of space and presentation as a pictorial narration. Individual images seem to refuse the viewer; the process of forcing them to show up for consideration brings the status of the photographs as mere conduits of information into question, inviting the viewer into a participatory role. ‘

Above top: Day For Night, Garage 1 Above bottom: Day For Night, Garage 2


Above: Day For Night, House


Above: Coliseum, House 1


Above: Coliseum, Tractor


Above: Day For Night, Bird Box


Above: Day For Night, Platform


Above: Day For Night, Trike


Above: Day For Night, Shed


Coliseum Arena for events. These photographs were conceived and made at the time of the start of the 2011 Banking crisis.

Followed by

Dark Portraits. These photographs address the mechanics of the camera shutter and the still life tradition.

Above top: Coliseum 4 Above bottom: Coliseum 3


Above: Coliseum 6


Above: Coliseum 5


Above: Coliseum 7


Above: Dark 1


Above: Dark 2


Above: Rise Fall


Jess Laljee | C V 2011 Studio c/o 19 St John’s Terrace, Belle Vue Road, Leeds, LS3 1DY Telephone 0783 3695783 and 0113 2957367 Email           jesslaljee@gmail.com Web http://jessjelly.blogspot.com/ http://www.jesslaljee.gallereo.com/ Training 2009-2011     MFA Fine Art, The University of Leeds, Merit 2005-2008     BA Hons Fine Art, The University of Leeds (2:1) 2006-2008 OCN Printmaking, Leeds College Art & Design 2004-2005 Open College Network, Painting and Drawing, modules, Park Lane College, Leeds  2003-2004 City & Guilds 7307, Introduction to Teaching & Training, Stage 1, Park Lane College, Leeds Prizes 2010 2009

Shortlist: Emerging Artist Award, Artsmix Shortlist: Emerging Artist Award, Artsmix

Exhibitions - Selected Group Shows 2011 ONE EYE SEE, University of Leeds 2011 VTR, Leeds 2010 Leeds Art Fair 2010 ‘Artsmix’, LS1 Club, Leeds 2009-10 Helmsley Art Gallery, North Yorkshire 2009 ‘Balance’, Debenhams, Leeds 2009 Leeds Design Centre, Leeds 1 2009 ‘Born’, site specific, Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds 2009 Pure Design, Leeds 7 2008 ‘Artsmix at Trinity’, site specific, Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds 2008 ‘Tiger 11’, Hillside, Beeston, Leeds, LS11 2008 ‘Salon 08’, East Street Arts, Patrick Studio’s Project Space, Leeds 2008 Poster art, Tonic ‘Poetry in Residence’, Leeds NHS Hospital, St James’s Bexley Wing 2008, Feb ‘Home From Home’ site specific group show, in Leeds Bed and Breakfast room 2007 - 2011 West Park Deli, Leeds 2007 & 08 Headingley (Leeds) Triangle Art Show 2007 Leeds Imprint, Tonic Gallery & Leeds Design Centre, 2-site group printmaking show 2007, May Situation Leeds, independent contemporary visual art festival 2006 Leeds Artists Summer Show, Leeds City Art Gallery, (selected and hung)


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