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Rob Ball: liminal space (inbetween space) « Previous | |Next »
December 9, 2013

Rob Ball is a British photographer and academic (Canterbury Christ Church University’s Media, Art and Design Department) working on self-initiated projects and commissions.

HallRbritishtoanextent.jpg Rob Ball, Rosia Bay, Gilbraltar, 2007

Rob Ball 's Unremarkable Stories is an ongoing project that explores the idea of edgelands - the liminal space or inbetween space between the urban and rural environments---and it focuses on Ball’s 2011 return to the modest Essex urbanscape of his teenage years. Whilst his landscapes ostensibly might depict the banal, the specificity of space nevertheless remains significant as Ball registers the fierce potency of memory of these spaces inbetween the Essex/London border.

BallRUStories1.jpg Rob Ball, The Ingey, 2011

These liminal spaces where town and country meet are his and they have been for 30 years. Upon revisiting them he felt it all coming back; building dens, sitting under the bridge smoking, scouring the landscape for porno mags and most of all, hanging around because there’s nothing to do here. These wasteland spaces the only places where they would be left alone as kids.

BallRTheIngey.jpg Rob Ball, The Ingey, 2011

BallIn rejects an idealised version of childhood and he reminds us of endless hours spent simply occupying spaces empty of adults, and in doing he makes strange the everyday.

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