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William Wegman Polaroids | Huxley-Parlour Gallery

This week we had the pleasure of visiting the Huxley-Parlour Gallery in London to see the solo exhibition of 20 x 24 Polaroids by the celebrated American artist William Wegman.

William Wegman is an internationally renowned artist and photographer, whose photographs, videos and paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the world. He is best known for his on-going artistic collaborations with his Weimaraners, his lifelong muses.

In 1979,William Wegman was invited by the Polaroid Corporation to work with the recently developed 20 x 24 Polaroid camera. Inspired by this new medium, Wegman made some of his first colour photographs, continuing his collaboration with his dog Man Ray who had been central to Wegman’s 1970s black and white photographs and video work.Wegman continued to work extensively with the 20 x 24 Polaroid camera until 2007 when Polaroid stopped producing film. In over thirty years of working with this camera,Wegman explored a rich and wide range of themes from abstraction and anthropomorphism to surrealism, cubism and colour theory. Each new dog suggests new ideas and new ways of working. Fay Ray followed Man Ray in 1987 and her children and their children provided a large and on going cast of characters.

Huxley-Parlour Gallery will be exhibiting a select group of unique 20 x 24 Polaroid prints from this important body of work. Dating from the 1980s through to 2001, all works are being exhibited in the United Kingdom for the first time from 26th September - 20th October 2018

 

William Wegman was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1943. He received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana in 1967.Wegman has been the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and two National Endowment for the Arts grants.Wegman’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the world. His work was included in such seminal exhibitions as When Attitudes Become Form and Documenta V, as well as a retrospective organised by the Kunstmuseum Lucerne in 1990, which travelled to museums including the Centre Pompidou, Paris and The Whitney Museum of American Art,NewYork. Recent exhibitions include WilliamWegman and California Conceptualism,at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Being Human, which was the central exhibition at Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles this summer and which begins a four-year travelling tour atThe National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne this Autumn.The exhibition is accompanied by the new publication Being Human, published by Thames and Hudson.

William Wegman lives and works in New York and Maine.

Huxley-Parlour Gallery 3-5 Swallow Street, London,W1B 4DE

Silent Auction | Design Hounds

Cheeky illustrations, heart-melting portraits, Snoopy mashups, wet mutts, Amy Winehouse, and many more. ‘Design Hounds’ is a treasure trove of dog-centric work curated by Four&Sons from 50 international artists, illustrators and photographers, all in postcard format and available for purchase to raise money and awareness for WECare, a charity providing free veterinary care and treatment to Sri Lanka’s street dogs. In addition to the postcards we are excited to announce that there will be a silent auction taking place on Saturday 23rd September. Four international artists have kindly donated their work to be auctioned to help raise money for WECare 

The auction will go live on our Fetch & Follow instagram stories at 12pm and bids can be placed up until midnight on the 23rd September either by instagram or by emailing woof@fetchandfollow.com. We will also have the artwork on show in our pop up on the 22-23rd September

 

Auction A
ExpoRay1 by SulekFotografía

www.sulekfotografia.com

Auction B

www.juliettemills.com

Auction C
Terrier lithograph by Sally Muir

sallymuir.co.uk

Auction D
Toast Rack by Eleonor Bostrom

www.eleonorbostrom.se

Come visit us at the Fetch&Follow pop-up in Shoreditch, London, from 14 — 23 September, and take home postcards of your choice in exchange for a token donation, big or small. If you are quick, you could snap a limited edition postcard book including all artworks. 

Fetch & Follow Stories | Emily and Alan

We first came across Emily on her instagram account for Pet Stories and were instantly fans of her work. It's the everyday rituals of owning a pet that Emily aims to document through capturing their personality and quirky characteristics when they are most content, whether that's at home or on their favourite walk. Through photography she manages to show how our pets truly make us feel.

She recently welcomed Alan into her world, a very cute but mischievous long eared pup all the way from Cyprus. We thought it was the perfect time to discuss all things dog and how deer antlers have become her most valued working tool.

Tell us about Alan and how he came into your life 

After nagging at my other half for years about getting a dog, I eventually won him over and we started researching breeds and looking at potential charities to adopt from. I became a bit obsessed with the Wild at Heart Foundation website and Instagram account, everyday feeling helpless and heartbroken by all of the Cypriot, Romanian, Greek (the list goes on) dogs that needed a forever home. It wasn’t long before a little long eared pup called Loco won us both over. He was born at a rehoming centre in Cyprus after his mum was taken in as a pregnant stray. Loco came to us at 4 months old and was renamed, Alan. 

How does Alan fit into a general day working at Pet Stories 

Alan doesn’t really fit into my working day; the day is more worked around him. If I’ve got a shoot, he’s fine being left alone for a few hours. We’ve been really lucky in the sense that he doesn’t get anxious or distressed, and he’s also really well toilet trained. I’ve found that on the days when I’m working on edits or admin based tasks at home, routine is key. Without his regular play dates in the park, he’s so full of beans and wants to chew/rip up everything in sight. 
 His deer antler has become my most valued work tool. As soon as he starts chewing or pawing for attention, I’ll replace slippers/carpet/furniture legs with his antler and it soon tires him out. Working with Alan is basically like having a baby, and whenever he’s asleep, straight away I’m getting on with as much work as possible. I have to remind myself that he is still only a pup so it’s only natural for him to want attention. I’m hoping that eventually he will accompany me on my shoots, earning his keep as the little Pet Stories mascot he’s become! 

When you’re not working where do you and Alan like to hang out 

When me and Al aren’t at home, we’re either in our local park where he likes to see his best friends, Ruby, Betsy, Tilly, Akka, Lola, Gamble and Dodge (he’s a bit of a ladies’ man). Or we’re at our local coffee shop Mill Kitchen. This usually consists of me trying not to spill my coffee while Alan pulls on his lead, as he restlessly battles to chew anything and everything under the table. But our favourite thing to do is to go for a long walk in our local woods, Calverley Cutting. I love seeing him in his element as he explores. He zooms about everywhere, overcome by all of the smells, sticking his long nose in any every crevice that takes his fancy. He tends to be the best behaved on these walks too and I always get a lovely gooey feeling when he trails behind Nik and I. He really trusts us and it’s like we’re a pack, out on an adventure. 

What Essentials do you always have on you when heading out with Alan and what do you carry them in?

We literally never leave the house without his antler (or what we like to call his unicorn horn). We actually left it in a pub once and when we realised it was missing, rang the pub in despair. We had to drive back and collect it. We also pack a mini Tupperware of cheese for Alan, water and a towel. Who knows where the day may take us? This all usually gets shoved in a canvas bag, but since receiving a Fetch & Follow tote, we’ve now dubbed this as Alan’s bag. He really likes it :) 

What adventures do you and Alan have planned for the rest of the year?

With my job being so sporadic, we don’t have many big adventures planned for this year. I have family up in the borders so we try to get up there as often as we can. One of our favourite days out is to the deserted beaches on the North East coast. Alan loves it, so no doubt we’ll have lots more days at the beach to come. We also have a day planned to meet up with Alan’s siblings. Since adopting from The Wild at Heart foundation, we’ve been so fortunate to stay in touch with all of Alan’s littermate’s pawrents. On a group message, we share photos and videos on the pup’s progress, as well as lots of advice! I feel so lucky to be able to do that and I can’t wait to reunite our Loco pup with his brothers and sisters. 

You can see more of Emily's and Alan's adventures on her instagram account

Pet Stories

along with her portfolio of amazing work on www.petstories.co.uk