Susan Derges  (British, 1955) 

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Susan Derges (British, b.1955) is a photographer living and working in Devon. Born in London, 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 post-graduate 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 relation 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 around the world; her work is included in public and private collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Hara Art Museum, Tokyo.

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Susan Derges, River Taw

 

Susan Derges
River Taw
1999

Auction: Apr 26, 2014
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Susan Derges, Aquae, Ignis (2works)

 

Susan Derges
Aquae, Ignis (2works)
2001

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Susan Derges, Starfield Grass

 

Susan Derges
Starfield Grass
2004

Ingleby Gallery
Susan Derges, Rowan Brook

 

Susan Derges
Rowan Brook
2012

Danziger Gallery
Susan Derges, Holly Bridge

 

Susan Derges
Holly Bridge
2013

Purdy Hicks Gallery
Susan Derges, Passage

 

Susan Derges
Passage
2010

Danziger Gallery
Susan Derges, Passage

 

Susan Derges
Passage
2010

Danziger Gallery
Susan Derges, Passage

 

Susan Derges
Passage
2010

Danziger Gallery
Susan Derges, STAR FIELD GORSE

 

Susan Derges
STAR FIELD GORSE
2007

Danziger Gallery
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Susan Derges, Shoreline

 

Susan Derges
Shoreline, 1998
dye-bleach photogram, mntd on aluminum

 

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Susan Derges, The observer and the observed, #12

 

Susan Derges
The observer and the observed, #12, 1991
gelatin silver print

 

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Susan Derges, Blue Bell (Bulb) No 1; Fruitbody No. 28, 2000 (2 works)

 

Susan Derges
Blue Bell (Bulb) No 1; Fruitbody No. 28, 2000 (2 works), 2000
iris prints

 

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1955   Born London
1973 - 1976   Chelsea School of Art and Design, London
1976 - 1977   British Council/DAAD Scholarship to Berlin
1977 - 1979   Postgraduate studies, Slade School of Fine Art, London
1981 - 1985   Living and working in Japan
1986 - 1991   Living and working in London
1992   Living and working in Dartmoor, Devon
  Awards and Commissions
  2008 Prix Pictet, Shortlisted Artist
  2006-07 The Stille Room, Fyllingsdaten Nursing Home, Bergen, Norway
  2004-05 Eden Project Education Centre/Solar Terrace
  1998 Dorchester Hospital
  1993 South West Arts Major Award
  1984 JVC Award, Japan
  1982-83 Postgraduate Research Tsukuba University, Japan
  1981-82 Rotary Foundation Award, Japan
  1979 Boise Travel Scholarship to Holland
2012 - 2013   Alder Brook, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London (solo)
2011 - 2012   Infinite Balance, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
2010 - 2011   A Little Bit of Magic Realised, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (with Garry Fabian Miller)
2010 - 2011   Shadowcatchers, The Art of Camera- Less Photography Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2010   Dust in the Mirror, Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham
2009   Hitchhikers to the Galaxy, Daejeon Museum of Art, Korea
2009   Purdy Hicks Gallery, London (solo)
2008   Water, Prix Pictet, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2008   Johyun Gallery, Seoul and Busan, South Korea (solo)
2008   Susan Derges and Hildegard van Bingen, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (solo)
2008   A History of Photography, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2008   Night, RWA Galleries, Bristol
2007 - 2008   Something that I�ll never really see: Contemporary Work from the V&A, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich; Castle Museum, Nottingham
2006 - 2008   Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics, The Field Museum, Chicago. Touring to COSI, Columbus, Ohio; Memphis Museum, Tennessee; Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia
2007   Trace and Transience, Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Exeter
2006 - 2007   Alchemy, Harewood House, Leeds; Purdy Hicks Gallery, London; Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal; Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham
2006   Picturing Eden, George Eastman House, New York
2006   Purdy Hicks Gallery, London (solo)
2006   Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (solo)
2005 - 2006   Bodies of Water, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath; Southampton City Art Gallery
2005   Photographs Without a Camera, Gallery 314, Bergen (solo)
2005   Appearance, Whitehall Waterfront, Leeds
2005   Made in Britain, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
2004   Lightfall, Brewhouse, Taunton
2004   Photo Synthesis, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
2004   From Here To Eternity, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2004   FotoFest 2004 � Water, Houston, Texas (solo)
2004   Dark Waters, The Terrace Gallery, Harewood House, Leeds (solo)
2004   Recent Work, Galerie Nichido, Paris (solo)
2004   Recent Work, Photo London (solo)
2003   New Work, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (solo)
2003   Transience of Nature, Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo Design Centre (solo)
2003   Ingleby Gallery (solo)
2003   Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
2003   Recycling Lucifer's Fall, Houldsworth Gallery, London
2003   Observed: Photographs, Gallery Kayafas, Boston
2003   The Camera-less Image, Photo-eye, santa Fe, NM
2003   New to View: Recent Acquisitions in Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
2003   The Disembodied Spirit, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
2003   Prima Facie, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, buffalo, New York, USA
2003   The Camera-less Image, Photo-eye, santa Fe, NM
2003   New to View: Recent Acquisitions in Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
2003   The Disembodied Spirit, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
2003   Synthetic Lightening: Complex Simulations of Nature, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
2002   Natural Magic, Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London
2002   The Genius of Genetics Gregor Mendel, Abbey of St Thomas, Brno
2002   Landscape and Photography, Ingleby Gallery
2002   Now What is Photography, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2002   New Work, Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London (solo)
2002   Liquid Form, Ediciones Wu, Lima (solo)
2002   The Streens, Trace Gallery, Weymouth, Dorset (solo)
2002   Metamorphing, Science Museum, London
2001   Summer Exhibition, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
2001   From The Dark Room, Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London
2001   Sea Change, Spacex Gallery. Exeter
2001   Kingswood, St Mary�s Church, Ashford, Kent (solo)
2001   Natural Magic, Museum of History and Science, Oxford (solo)
2001   This is not a Photograph, traveling exhibition through 2002
2000   Susan Derges/Christopher Bucklow, Recent work, Vaknin Schwartz, Atlanta
2000   Liquid Form, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston
2000   Now! Modern Photography from the Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of art, NY
2000   New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery, Roche Court, Wilshire (with Hideo Furuta)
2000   Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston (solo)
2000   Particle Accelerators: At the Intersection of Photography, Science & Technology Photographic Resource Center, Boston
2000   This is Not a Photograph, Pace University Choate Art Gallery (touring)
2000   Summer 2000 Unique Photographs, Paul Kasmin Gallery
2000   Anti-Memory, Yokohama Museum of Art
200 - 2000   Fluid Flow, James Graham & Sons, NY
1999   Phenomena, Ansel Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco
1999   Woman Thinking River, James Danziger Gallery, New York (solo)
1999   Woman Thinking River, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1999   Recent Work, Michael Hue Williams Fine Art (solo)
1999   Ingleby Gallery (with Patricia Macdonald)
1999   20 Twenty, Fraenkel Gallery
1998   Woods and Water, Kettle�s Yard, Cambridge (with Andrew Smith)
1998   River Taw (two person exhibition) Inverleith House, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh
1998   Dark Matter, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston; Turnpike Gallery, Leigh (touring)
1998   Dust Breeding, Fraenkel Gallery
1998   Silver and Syrup, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
1998   River Taw, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall (solo)
1998   River Taw, Musee D�Elysee, Lausanne (solo)
1998   River Taw, Spacex Gallery, Exeter (solo)
1998   Recent work, Gallery Mocca, Gottenberg, Sweden
1997 - 1998   About Painting, Robert Miller Gallery, New York
1997   On the Bright Side of Life - Contemporary British Photography, Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst, Berlin
1997   Eye of the Beholder: Photographs from the Avon Collection, International Centre of Photography, New York
1997   River Taw, Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art (solo)
1997   Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures XI, Fraenkel Gallery
1996   Under the Sun, Fraenkel Gallery
1996   Elective Affinities, Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art
1996   Light, Time, Focus, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
1995   Possibilities of Extention, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
1995   Heaven�s Embroidered Cloths, National Museum of Film, Photography & Television, Bradford
1995   Content and Discontent in Today�s Photography, Ansel Adams Centre for Photography
1995   Print Room, The Photographers� Gallery, London (solo)
1995   James Danziger Gallery (solo)
1995   Embodied, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (solo)
1994   The Observer and the Observed, James Danziger Gallery (solo)
1994   Wellsprings, Bath Festival, Bath
1994   Growth and Form, Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield
1994   Umbra Penumbra Signals Festival of Women Photographers, Spacex Gallery
1994   Cameraless Photography, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama
1993   Between Sun and Earth, The Photographers� Gallery (solo)
1993   Full Circle, Cairn Gallery, Stroud (solo)
1992   Salama-Caro Gallery, London
1992   New Inhabitants, Royal Albert Museum and Art Gallery
1992   New Acquisitions, Arts Council Collection, South Bank Centre, London
1991   Post Modern Prints, Victoria & Albert Museum
1989   Machine Dreams, The Photographers Gallery�, London
1989   AVE Festival of Audio Visual Arts, Arnhem
1989   Phenomenart, Saibu Gas Museum, Fukuoka
1989   Gallery ON, Poznan (solo)
1989   Tokyo Science Museum, Exploratorium, Tokyo (video) (solo)
1989   Studio 2000, Seibu Department Store, Tokyo
1988   Presence 2, Gallery ON Poznan
1987   O� Art Museum, Tokyo (video) (solo)
1985   JVC VIC Centre, Tokyo (video) (solo)
1985   Gallery Okazaki, Tokyo (solo)
1985   High Technology Art, Seibu Department Store, Tokyo
1984   Art Space Niji, Kyoto (solo)
1984   Art and Technology, Gekkoso Gallery and Seibu Department Store, Tokyo
1984   Hara Annual, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
1983   Union des Femmes Peintres, Luxembourg Museum, Paris
1981   The House Construction Show, House Gallery, London
1981   Art into Architecture, Swiss Cottage Library, London
1980   Galerie im Zentrum, Berlin (solo)
1978   Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (solo)
1978   Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London
  Collections
  Arts Council of England
  Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  National Museum of Film, Photography and Television, Bradford
  Arnolfini Trust, Bristol
  Dorset County Hospital
  Eden Project, Cornwall
  Wellcome Trust
  Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
  Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
  Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
  Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  The Art Institute of Chicago
  Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  Saibu Gas Museum, Fukuoka
  The Hara Art Museum, Tokyo
  British Airways
  Citibank Private Bank Collection, London
  Conoco Ltd, London
  Deutsche Bank
  Man Group plc., London
  Hess Collection Napa, Bern, London
  NatWest Group, London
  Texaco Plc, London
2006    Stilled Lives – Contemporary Still Life Photography by Women, Ffoto Gallery
2006    Picturing Eden, George Eastman House (Steidl)
2005    Wild Track, Trace
2005    Surface, University of Plymouth
2003    Transience of Nature (catalogue) Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2003    Next Level Magazine, London
2003    Recycling Lucifer’s Fall (catalogue) Houldsworth Fine Art, London
2002    Kingswood (book) Photoworks and Stour Valley Arts Project
2002    Now What is Photography (catalogue) Gana Art Gallery, Seoul
2002    Portfolio Magazine Issue 34
2002    The Genius of Genetics Gregor Mendel (catalogue) ARTAKT
2000    20 Twenty (catalogue) Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
1999    Woman Thinking River (book) Fraenkel and Danziger Galleries, US,
1999    Susan Derges Liquid Form (book) Michael Hue Williams Fine Art, London.
1999    Essay by Martin Kemp
1998    Dark Matter (catalogue) Harris Museum, Preston, and Turnpike Gallery, Leigh
1998    Essays by Clive Cazeau, Michael Petry and David Peat
1998    Dust Breeding - Photographs, Sculpture & Film Fraenkel Gallery. Essay by Steve Wolfe
1997    River Taw (book) Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art. Essay by Richard Bright.
1996    Elective Affinities (catalogue) Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art. Essay by Mark Haworth - Booth
1996    Under the Sun (catalogue) Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. Essay by David Alan Mellor
1996    On the Bright Side of Life - Contemporary British Photography, Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst, Berlin. Essays by David Chandler, Val Williams, David A. Bailey, David Alan Mellor, Brett Rogers
1995    Possibilities of Extension (catalogue) Aspex Visual Arts Trust, Portsmouth. Essay by Lisa Moran
1995    Content and Discontent in Today’s Photography Independent Curators Incorporated, New York. Essay by Andy Grundberg.
1995    Embodied (catalogue) Arnolfini, Bristol. Essays by Tessa Jackson and Christopher Bucklow
1994    Umbra Penumbra (catalogue) Spacex Gallery, Exeter
1994    Well Spring (catalogue) Bath Festivals Trust, Bath. Essay by Antonia Payne
1993    New Inhabitants - Seven Artists on Dartmoor (catalogue) Royal Albert Museum &
1993    Between Sun and Earth (catalogue) Photographers’ Gallery, London. Essays by David Chandler and Christopher Bucklow
1989    Phenomenart (catalogue) Saibu Gas Museum, Fukuoka
1984    Hara Annual (catalogue) Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
1978    Hayward Annual 1978 (catalogue) Arts Council of England