Contemporary cameraless photography

Published: Thu 12 May 2016 11:44 AM
contemporary cameraless photography
Anne Noble, Joyce Campbell, Shaun Waugh from New Zealand
Anne Ferran, Danica Chappell from Australia
Anne Noble, Bruissement bee wing photogram # 12, 2016, 423 x 1124 mm framed
We are delighted to invite you to the opening of this exhibition and the Wellington book launch of
Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph by Geoffrey Batchen
Opening event Wednesday 18 May, 5.30 – 7.30pm with a talk by Professor Batchen at 6.15pm
The exhibition runs from 18 May – 11 June 2016
This exhibition is a small contemporary take on the larger global historical survey contained in Batchen's book and exhibition, recently opened at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. The five artists included in this exhibition show the wide-ranging possibilities and huge diversity of results that may be achieved in the creation of cameraless photographs.
Almost elemental in its simplicity, this kind of photograph is produced through a direct contact between the world and a piece of light-sensitive paper. Such photographs therefore reduce photography to its most essential feature: the reaction of a given surface to the absence and presence of light. Resulting in images that are both right up against the picture plane and floating in infinite depths, that are direct imprints of things but also disconcertingly stark abstractions, cameraless photographs invite a consideration of the nature of photographic representation in general. Unmediated by perspectival optics, photography is here presented as something to be looked at, not through, and to be made, not taken.
Geoffrey Batchen, The Art of the Cameraless Photograph, p5
The cerebral Anne Noble, who regularly shows in the gallery, continues her exploration of the plight of the bee with a playful and experimental series of surprisingly coloured and semi-abstract photograms of bee wings.
Joyce Campbell, who is currently showing in the Sydney Biennale and is shortlisted for the Walters Prize, presents poetic images of microbial material.
Anne Ferran, considered one of Australia’s leading photographic artists, has contributed one of her signature gigantic, ghostly wedding dress photograms.
Danica Chappell, a Melbourne-based artist has produced a new series of tin-types using multiple plates that continues her exploration of the 1850s photographic process, colour and abstraction.
Wellington artist Shaun Waugh plays at the conceptual boundary of photographic image making with images of photo film boxes framed by the box lids, creating what Batchen has described as a memorial to a kind of now defunct photograph.
Last days to see Judy Millar's exhibition The Bridegroom's Voice
Don't miss the opportunity to see this exhibition of new paintings by one of New Zealand's most thoughtful and internationally successful artists. Abstract and otherworldly, physical and conceptual, The Dowse Director Courtney Johnston has described the works as having "fascinating new paint flourishes — a cloudy-crossed-with-seaweedy effect". Exhibition closes Saturday 14 May, 4pm.
Bartley + Company Art, Stand C8, 25 – 29 May
The Auckland Art Fair opens in just two weeks and we are excited by what we will be presenting — six new works by Roger Mortimer, painted during his Wallace Art Award prize residency in New York at the end of last year; sculptures by Peter Trevelyan in a variety of forms from wall hung to contained in bell jars or found books; and a range of work by Lonnie Hutchinson, her signature builder's paper cutouts and some brand new prints.
We have also secured the outside wall of our stand and we will show here a range of cameraless photography and work by Helen Calder and other artists.

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