Friday, January 30, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Mill Lane, Cardiff CF10 1FH

Helen Sear has produced a major new body of work for her forthcoming solo exhibition at g39, where she will be presenting a large-scale photographic environment, a DVD installation and other new and recent works. Helen's photographic work prompts instinctive gut emotions from the viewer: fear, desire, entrapment, joy. Her rich and sensual imagery is carefully selected and manipulated to evoke complex and often indefinable or unfinished responses, as if we are being presented with a pictorial fragment of a tale. The work has a visceral and sensual quality. Throughout Sear’s practice is an ongoing enquiry into beauty and nostalgia, ranging from the grand opulence of Italian interiors or a rural vista, to abandoned detritus in a wooded glade or a forgotten ornament. The exhibition coincides with the launch of a new g39 publication of Helen Sear’s work in association with University of Wales, Newport. Tale is a photo essay comprising a selection of works selected from Sear’s practice from 1992 to present day. Tale also includes an accompanying narrative text written by David Chandler, director of Photoworks in Brighton.