This week’s Photo of the Week (well, photos) come from London-based artists Jonny Briggs who’s solo show ‘To Eat with the Eyes’ is currently on at CABIN Gallery. Briggs graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2008 and completed his MA in Fine Art from The Royal College of Art in 2011. The press release tells us that “Briggs’ fragmented childhood memories form the impetus for his photographs, as he explores the constructed notion of family, and tries to reimagine the nature of those ties and boundaries from new perspectives”

A Spectulative Invisible Eye (series) 2, Jonny Briggs

A Spectulative Invisible Eye (series) 2, Jonny Briggs

A Speculative Invisible Eye (series) 3, Jonny Briggs

A Speculative Invisible Eye (series) 3, Jonny Briggs

In these two black and white images, the faces of his grandparents and great grandparents have been almost folded in on themselves. Two eyes become one, the face becomes distorted and reconfigured, the mouths smooshed into an awkward shape or hole. The effect is even odder when paired with the balloon character we see in one of the images. Which is the more uncanny?  - the spliced mono-eyes of the man or the wide-eyed suggestive fixed gaze of the painted eyes and ever-smiling mouth…

‘To Eat with the Eyes’ by Jonny Briggs runs at CABIN Gallery until 31 December

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AuthorSacha Waldron