Concentrating upon their transitional states of flux, Iles uses photography as a mirror to point back at the art-world like an endless reflection. Using each site as his laboratory or studio, Iles builds a surface tension questioning how we see and understand art and its’ spaces. Steeped in conversations surrounding the history of art and most notably the Arte Povera movement, Iles’ allows the specific location to become irrelevant, instead seeking to reactivate the space by searching for the moments in-between.
Stephen Iles lives and works in Manchester and London and has recently completed a number of residencies within art spaces around the country. Iles also works as a documentary photographer for the journal Corridor8 capturing the work of artists and galleries across the North of England. Between Space is presented in partnership with The Tetley, Leeds. Stephen Iles was represented by Mark Devereux Projects between 2014-15.