SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, ESSEX, UK.-Focal Point Gallery's upcoming exhibition, Hidden in Plain Sight, features the work of British photographer Rik Pinkcombe. Taken in the US and Britain, Pinkcombe's recent work looks at the external pressures of modern living and how these pressures shape our perception of life.
What drives his work is questioning the outside influences on our identity: in essence, how we are affected and influenced by them. This breaks down into two categories: who we are and where we are from. In some of the works, Pinkcombe looks at racial identity through images of borders, bridges, and traffic stops, which link communities and also symbolise immigration and emigration. In others, he looks at class, mass media and consumerism, and the seemingly invisible effect this has on our society.
The techniques Pinkcombe uses create images that look like photographs of artificial model worlds. In fact, these ''theatre-images'' are entirely real. The model-like images seem staged and ask the viewer to question who is in control of this vision and what they are trying to do with it.
Rik Pinkcombe lives and works in London and attended school at Blackpool College (Lancaster University). Recent exhibition venues include Light Work, Syracuse and the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in Greenwich. In March 2005, he participated in Light Work's Artist-in-Residence program which was sponsored by Autograph: The Association of Black Photographers located in London.