Andrew Netherwood | Fractured Beauty Exhibition at Wollongong City Gallery

Fractured Beauty Exhibition at Wollongong City Gallery

August 29, 2014

9th September to 26th October 2014

Opening Night, Friday 12 September, 6-6:30pm

i have been invited to show some of my works in this group exhibition for local artists at the Wollongong City Gallery. The theme for this exhibition, which is being curated and organised by Louise Brand, is "Fractured Beauty" and my contribution to the show is a set of photographic prints that explore temporal fracturing.

 It was at one time axiomatic that 'the photograph never lies' and that a photograph captures a single moment in the flow of time. With modern digital software and hardware, neither of these statements holds up any more, and sadly, we have become so inured to photo and image manipulation, CGI in cinema and other special effects, that oftentimes we presume amazing images to be products of the digital darkroom or the result of teams of virtual set designers and 3D artists and animators.

I  have used a number of photographic techniques to play with the  photographic representation of time. One such technique is a 'motion shot' where a number of rapidly shot frames are superimposed into a single image to show the progression of an object through the frame. This technique originated with the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge in the early 1900s, in his attempts to analyse the motion of moving humans and animals, and was the precursor to "moving pictures".

Another method is to use a rapidly flashing light source with a long exposure to freeze the moving object in regular time intervals as it  moves through the frame. This technique is an old chestnut, but I have tried to give it a poetic and philosophical slant with a twist of surrealism.

Finally, I have included a serendipitous shot that I captured while taking a panoramic photo. Nowadays, digital cameras and even smartphones, are able to produce a ready made panorama in camera in three or four blinks of an eye. However, trying to subvert the expectations of the software programmers that design the algorithms that stitch the images together, can produce some interesting and unexpected results. I think Magritte would have enjoyed this photo.

 

Stella's Joy of GravityStella's Joy of Gravity

I include one of the photos here to pique your interest and invite you to come along to the show and see my other images along with all the other artists works. Group shows are generally stimulating and even if you are not attuned to one artist's style, there is nearly always other good things to see.

Hope to see you there.


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