Photography and Conceptual Art

Luke Skrebowski & Darren Harvey-Regan

1—1 dec 2011


Daniel Blau Ltd. is pleased to present an evening dedicated to the theme of photography and conceptual art. We have invited an artist and an academic to give two perspectives on the subject, before entering into an informal conversation about the relationship between the two mediums and the points at which they interesect or conflict with one another. We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery at 7pm for a prompt 7:30pm start. Drinks will be served. If you wouId like to attend this event please RSVP to:


Luke Skrebowski – Productive Misunderstandings: Interpreting Mel Bochner’s Theory of Photography

Mel Bochner is conventionally considered a conceptual artist. Bochner, however, objects to the label and, having started his career as a painter, is now painting again. In fact he has been painting since 1973, in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of first generation conceptual art. How should Bochner’s return to painting be understood? Perhaps counter-intuitively, Bochner’s painting is best understood with reference to his short lived and still little discussed photographic practice.
Luke Skrebowski is University Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Cambridge. His articles have appeared in Art History, Grey Room, Manifesta Journal and Tate Papers. He is co-editor of Aesthetics and Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2011) and is currently at work on a book project reconsidering the genealogy and critical legacy of Conceptual art, provisionally entitled The Politics of Anti-Aesthetics: Conceptual Art After 1968.


Darren Harvey-Regan – Surfacing

We construct surfaces of language and representation, a manner of absurdity as well as necessity.  Photography is the world rendered, its surfaces representations of appearances.  In my practice I consider these ideas, working with and against photography: the photograph, placed in direct relationship to the world it depicts; the photographic surface fore-grounded; the image become object.
Darren Harvey-Regan is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. Solo exhibitions include A Collection of Gaps, Phoenix, Exeter (2011) and Fact, Room Gallery, London (2011). Group shows include I’ll Be Your Mirror, Nancy Kranzberg Gallery, St. Louis (2011), The Animal Gaze Returned, Cass Gallery, London (2011), Object Dada, Edel Assanti, London (2011), Photography as Object, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London (2011), Catlin Art Prize, London (2011), Catching’ Drifting, SW1 Gallery, London (2011), Spinning Yarns, Gallery 114 and Kendall Gallery, Michigan, US (2011), New Contemporaries, ICA, London (2010), Hal Silver, Russian Club Gallery, London (2009) and Close Distance / CONTACT Photography Festival, York Quay Gallery, Toronto (2009). Darren Harvey-Regan is a recipient of the Leverhulme Trust Award (2009) and is part of the Hal Silver collective.