photography

Susan Derges

United Kingdom 1955

Photography, Nature Art

www.susanderges.com

Susan Derges
Susan Derges
Female
United Kingdom
1955
March 18, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Susan Derges, born in Londoon in 1955, is a British photographer living and working in Devon. Derges studied painting at the Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. A recipient of the Rotary Foundation Award, Derges lived in Japan for six years, and continued her postgraduate studies. After returning to the UK, Derges first began experimenting with abstraction, and then turned to photography. She eventually shifted to camera-less photography, the exposure of images directly onto photographic paper, typically resulting in a negative shadow image, after experiencing dissatisfaction with the way in which the physical camera disconnected the subject from the viewer.

Derges’s 1991 series The Observer and the Observed explored the relationship between object and viewer, and art and science. Propelling a jet of water through the air, Derges used a strobe light to capture the suspended lens-like droplets set against a blurred image of her own face. During the 1990s, Derges became particularly known for her camera-less photographs or photograms of water. Using the landscape at night as her makeshift darkroom, Derges submerged large sheets of photographic paper in rivers, using a flashlight and the moon to create exposure. Derges’s images of botanical organisms and flowing water are metaphorically rich, alluding to the connections between ourselves and the natural world. Her 1997 River Taw series exemplified this direct interaction with the landscape. Using the river near her Devon home as a lens, Derges captured fragments of ivy, ice, and debris reflected in or passing through the water.

Derges’s photographs have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in London, New York, Edinburgh, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul and San Francisco, among many others. Her work is included in public and private collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, and the Hara Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.



YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Shadows on the Wall: Cameraless Photography from 1851 to TodayMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston de Marseillaisegroup
2014Natural OrderPurdy Hicks Gallery, London, UKgroup
2014PhotomonthKrakow, Ukrainegroup
2014Power of the SeaRoyal West of England Academy, Bristolgroup
2014Apiculture: Bees and the Art of PollinationPeninsula Arts, Plymouthgroup
2013Susan Derges – New WorkDanziger Gallery, New York, USAsolo
2013Once upon a time and a very good time it was…Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UKgroup
2012Alder BrookPurdy Hicks Gallery, London, UKsolo
2011Infinite Balance: Artists and the EnvironmentMuseum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California, USAgroup
2011Dust On The MirrorLasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, group
2010A Little Bit of Magic RealisedIngleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UKsolo
2010A Little Bit of Magic RealisedIngleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UKgroup
2010CoastZuiderzee Museum, Enkhuizen, The Netherlandsgroup
2010Shadow CatchersVictoria and Albert Museum, London, UKgroup
2010Dust on the MirrorDjanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham UKgroup
2009New WorkNichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japansolo
2009Susan DergesPurdy Hicks Gallery, London, UKsolo
2008Susan DergesJohyun Gallery, Seoul and Busan, South Koreasolo
2008Susan Derges & Hildegard von BingenIngleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UKsolo
2008Water, Prix PictetPalais de Tokyo, Paris, Francegroup
2008Paris PhotoParis, France, group
2008Night A time BetweenRoyal West of England Academy, Bristol, UKgroup
2008The History of PhotographyVictoria and Albert Museum, London, UKgroup
2008NightRWA Galleries, Bristol, UKgroup
2008On Time, The East Wing Collection VIIIThe Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UKgroup
2007Picturing EdenThe Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California, USAgroup
2007Something That I’ll Never Really See: Contemporary Photography from the V&ASainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UKgroup
2007Trace and TransienceCentre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Exeter, UKgroup
2006Susan DergesPurdy Hicks Gallery, London, UKsolo
2006AzureIngleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UKsolo
2006Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of GeneticsThe Field Museum, Chicago, USA group
2006AlchemyHarewood House, Leeds, UK group
2006Picturing EdenGeorge Eastman House, New York, USAgroup
2005Photographs Without a CameraGallery 314, Bergen, Norwaysolo
2005Bodies of WaterVictoria Art Gallery, Bath, UKgroup
2005UnknownSouthampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UKgroup
2005Made in BritainHuis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2004Dark WatersThe Terrace Gallery Harwood House, Leeds, UKsolo
2004WaterFoto Fest 2004, Houston, Texassolo
2004Recent WorkNichido Gallery, Paris, Francesolo
2004Liquid formEdiciones Wu, Lima, Perusolo
2004LightfallBrewhouse, Taunton, UKgroup
2004Photo SynthesisRoyal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, UKgroup
2004From Here To EternityIngleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UKgroup
2004Now Showing IVHouldsworth Gallery, London, UKgroup
2004FotoFest 2004 – The Tenth International Month of PhotographyFotoFest, Texas, USAgroup
2004Making Faces: The Death of the PortraitMusée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerlandgroup
2003New WorkPaul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USAsolo
2003Retrospective show Nichido Contemporary ArtTokyo Design Centre, Tokyo, Japansolo
2003Susan DergesIngleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UKsolo
2003Recycling Lucifers FallPippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UKgroup
2003Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired PicturesFraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
2003Synthetic Lightning – Complex Simulations of NatureThe Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York, USAgroup
2003Cara a CaraCulturgest – Geståo de Espaços Culturais, Lisbon, Portugalgroup
2002New WorkMichael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London, UKsolo
2002Four PhotographersIngleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UKgroup
2002Now What is Photography? Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, South Koreagroup
2002MetamorphingScience Museum, London, UKgroup
2001Natural MagicMuseum of the History of Science, Oxford, UKsolo
2001UnknownSummer Exhibition Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USAgroup
2001From The Dark RoomMichael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London, UKgroup
2001Sea ChangeSpacex Gallery, Exeter, UKgroup
2000Particle Accelerators: At the Intersection of Photography, Science and TechnologyPhotographic Resource Center, Boston, USAgroup
2000This is Not a PhotographChoate Art Gallery, Pace University, USAgroup
2000 Summer 2000 Unique PhotographsPaul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USAgroup
2000Anti-MemoryYokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japangroup
2000Now! Modern Photographs from the Permanent CollectionThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USAgroup
1999Woman Thinking RiverJames Danziger Gallery, New York, USAsolo
1999Susan DergesFraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USAsolo
1999Recent WorkMichael Hue Williams Fine Art, London, UKsolo
1999PhenomenaThe Ansel Adams Gallery, California, San Francisco, USAgroup
1999UnknownIngleby Gallery , Edinburgh, UKgroup
199920 TwentyFraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
1998River TawNewlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall, UKsolo
1998Susan DergesSpacex Gallery, Exeter, UKsolo
1998Woods and WaterKettles Yard, Cambridge, UKgroup
1998River TawInverleith House, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh, UKgroup
1998Dust BreedingFraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
1998Silver and SyrupVictoria and Albert Museum, London, UKgroup
1997River TawMichael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London, UKsolo
1997About PaintingRobert Miller Gallery, New York, USAgroup
1997Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures XIFraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
1996Under the SunFraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
1996Elective AffinitiesMichael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London, UKgroup
1996Light, Time, FocusThe Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USAgroup
1996Eye of the Beholder: Photographs from the Avon CollectionInternational Centre of Photography, New York, USAgroup
1995The Print RoomThe Photographers Gallery, London, UKsolo
1995Susan DergesJames Danziger Gallery, New York, USAsolo
1995EmbodiedArnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UKsolo
1995Possibilities of ExtentionAspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UKgroup
1995Heavens Embroidered ClothsNational Museum of Film, Photography and Television, Bradford, UKgroup
1994The Observer and the ObservedJames Danziger Gallery, New York, USAsolo
1994WellspringsThe Bath Festival, Bath, UKgroup
1994Growth and FormThe Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield, UKgroup
1993Between Sun and EarthThe Photographers Gallery, London, UKsolo
1992UnknownSalama-Caro Gallery, London, UKgroup
1992New InhabitantsRoyal Albert Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, UKgroup
1991Post Modern PrintsVictoria and Albert Museum, London, UKgroup
1991New AcquisitionsThe Arts Council Collection, London, UKgroup
1991UnknownSpacex Gallery, Exeter, UKgroup
1991Cameraless PhotographyYokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japangroup
1991Content and Discontent in Todays PhotographyThe Ansel Adams Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
1991UnknownCentre for Photography, San Francisco, USAgroup
1991Post Modern PrintsVictoria and Albert Museum, London, UKgroup
1991New AcquisitionsThe Arts Council Collection, London, UKgroup
1991UnknownSpacex Gallery, Exeter, UKgroup
1991Cameraless PhotographyYokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japangroup
1991Content and Discontent in Todays PhotographyThe Ansel Adams Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
1991UnknownCentre for Photography, San Francisco, USAgroup
1989Susan DergesGallery ON, Poznan, Polandsolo
1989Tokyo Science MuseumExploratorium, Tokyo, Japansolo
1989Machine DreamsThe Photographers Gallery, London, UKgroup
1989UnknownAVE Festival of Audio Visual Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlandsgroup
1989UnknownPhenomenart Saibu Gas Museum, Fukuoka, Japangroup
1987Susan DergesO Art Museum, Tokyo, Japansolo
1985Susan DergesJVC VIC Centre, Tokyo, Japansolo
1985Susan DergesGallery Okazaki, Tokyo, Japansolo
1985UnknownHigh Technology Art Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, Japangroup
1984Susan DergesArt Space Niji, Kyoto, Japansolo
1984Hara AnnualHara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japangroup
1978The Hayward AnnualHayward Gallery, London, UKgroup