Conduit Gallery presents Sarah Ball: "Bertillon" opening reception
Conduit Gallery will present a solo exhibition of new paintings by British artist, Sarah Ball. Using 19th and 20th century photographic archives as the basis for a series of intimate paintings, the works in "Bertillon" reflect contemporary issues relating to criminal justice both in the United States and in Europe.
"Bertillon" is a continuation of Sarah Ball’s interest in the human truth of her anonymous protagonists. In this new collection of paintings, which vary in scale from small studies (7x5”) to larger-than-life portraits (40x40”), Ball explores how prejudice leads to assumption about people, through assessing appearance.
The exhibition takes its title from Alphonse Bertillon, a French police officer and biometrics researcher who applied the anthropological technique of anthropometry to law enforcement in the late 1800s, using photography to create an identification system based on physical measurements. Used to evidence the pathology of crime and criminals, photography was thought to connect outward physical appearance and inner character traits. In essence it was believed good people "looked good" and morally suspect people "looked bad or ugly."
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through May 18.