ANTONY CROSSFIELD

Antony Crossfield (b. 1972) originally trained as a painter and has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Institute of Contemporary Art (London) and Fulham Palace. Awards and accolades include being the winner of The Independent Terry O'Neill Award, Winner of the IPA Awards (Nude) and nomination for Discovery of the Year by the LUCIE Awards. His work has been published in several notable print publications including The Sunday Times, Eyemazing, Creative Review, Art.Es Magazine and The British Journal of Photography among others.  More recently, his work was featured in Bodies We Fail by Jules Sturm (Verlag, 2014).

Antony Crossfield lives and works in London. 

 

FOREIGN BODY

With Foreign body, the viewer is confronted by ambiguous, fluid bodies; bringing attention to the notion that self identity is unstable and permeable. The fabrication of individual male bodies into multi-limbed hybrids, makes Crossfield's exploration of the male form at once unsettling, yet weirdly beautiful. The body is presented, not as a protective envelope that defines and unifies our limits,, but as an organ of physical and psychological interchange between bodies and selves. 

Antony Crossfield's artworks comprise of several points of view, of multiple images that are compressed into a single frame of meticulous construction. The illusion of wholeness masks an uncertain and fractured reality, that defies the Cartesian idea of a stable viewpoint. His photographs do not embellish the male form with expected beauty, instead, their diversity and flaws are embraced, echoing the traditions of the grotesque. The resulting photographs elicit an intellectual response, but also on that is visceral and even physical.