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Graduate Work – Final

Again, I apologise for the lack of posts.  I’ve been so busy with study and work that every spare moment has been taken up with other things beside blogging.  So…I’ve finished the body of work that I recently exhibited for the Graduate Show.  This work follows on from the those images (see previous post) that I was working on earlier in the year.  The concept and imagery hasn’t changed so I decided to research photographic processes and presentation methods.  How could I make these images more interesting?  I managed to get stuck in a bit of a rut until I stumbled upon a box of expired photographic paper at the house during one of my visits.  Considering I had plenty of digital images and that decisions needed to be made, I turned a selection of these images into digital negatives and printed them in the darkroom, onto the paper I had found.  Limited to 10 x 8 inch in size, these images became  artefacts…small captured memories of the home.   I loved being back in the darkroom too.  This experience has definitely persuaded me to return to film and alternative photographic processes.  Now that the degree is completed, I’m going to take a study break and build up my portfolio (and bank balance) and apply for honours in 2014.

These are only 3 of the 6 images that I exhibited.  The image itself was only printed at 5 x 4 inches with an exposed black border and floated inside a box frame without a matt.  There was a lot of trial and error in getting the result I wanted with the nuances in the image focus due to the variations in contact between the negative and photographic paper.

Now that I have more time to contribute to my arts practice, I’ll post much more often about my own work as well as other artists that I find inspiring.

All images by Kylie Macey 2012



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Contemporary Chinese Photography – Chen Zhuo & Huang Keyi

Last year the White Rabbit Gallery exhibited a selection of Contemporary Chinese Art at the Samstag Museum in Adelaide.  The White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection is one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art.  Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, it focuses on works produced after 2000.

Apart from installation, painting and sculpture I was drawn to the photographic work of Chen Zhuo and Huang Keyi.  Based in Beijing, they find digital photography and Photoshop the perfect marriage of media for their exuberant view of the new China.  Taking up to a month to complete each picture, they integrate real and virtual images, duplicating here and erasing there. In the process, they say, “some of our works have become more real than reality, while others convert reality into fiction.”

The China Carnival series (2007) portrays the country as a frenzied fun park where Chairman Mao gives his blessing to roller-coaster riders, romantic love merges happily with shopping, and the sky is too blue to be true. But there’s a grim subtext to these pictures, seen in the identical faces and robotic poses of the crowds, and in the red balloons that resemble spatters of blood. Other photos in the series (which includes a short video) show black limousines surrounded by dead female bodies, and a missile silo in which a line of saluting soldiers recreates a multi-armed kuanyin goddess.

China Carnival No.1, Tiananmen, 2007

China Carnival No.2, Wedding, 2007

Exhibited as c-prints 1.2 x 1.8m they draw the viewer in to consider the detail in each work.  Although there are only 2 of the artist’s work in this collection, more of their work can be viewed from the Yang Gallery site here.

Artist info and images courtesy of the White Rabbit Gallery. Additional information and viewing of the complete collection can be viewed here.

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British Art Now – Saatchi Gallery

Apologies for the lack of posts lately…life has been hectic. I have however, been lucky enough to squeeze in visits to a few fantastic exhibitions.  Currently the Art Gallery of South Australia is exhibiting a selection of work from the famous Saatchi Gallery in London.  I must say, Mr Charles Saatchi has very eclectic taste.  I can appreciate most conceptual art but some of the work selected even gets me scratching my head.

However, instead of going on about the work I didn’t enjoy…let me show you the work I was drawn towards and surprisingly, it wasn’t all photography either.

Barry Reigate

Reigate’s series of fluorescent light sculptures were conceived as one-of-a-kind art and design originals, functional furniture catering to connoisseurs of unmitigated indulgence. The lamps are ostentatious pastiches of bad taste, pierced through (literally) with the pretentiousness of minimalist design.

The figures in this series are made from Jesmonite which is used in film sets and models.  Reigate uses this material as an association between classical plaster sculpture and popular culture.  He applies the material thickly and then just lets gravity take its course, so that there is this historical reference to Modernist painting.

I was drawn to these figures for their supposed slap-together kitschiness and their anti-pop culture stance.  It’s almost like a ‘middle finger’ to Disney Corp.

Anne Hardy

Anne Hardy’s photographs picture depopulated rooms that suggest surreal fictions. Working in her studio, Hardy builds each of her sets entirely from scratch; a labour-intensive process of constructing an empty room, then developing its interior down to the most minute detail.  Her process is an organic one – often starting with the objects first, then constructing the rooms in which to place them.

Hardy’s image Cell (above) reminds me Jeff Wall’s The Invisible Man…perhaps she is influenced by his work or it could just be a coincidence.

Standing in front of her large photographic works, you find yourself being drawn into her images – to decifer all their details and come up with a narrative.  Hardy’s images withhold the actual experience of her environments, allowing our relationship with them to be in our imagination.

Toby Ziegler

Ziegler’s creative process begins by removing the ‘hand of the artist’ and developing his image and sculptural models on the computer.  He then painstakingly re-applies traces of artistic intervention by rendering these digitised models entirely by hand.

In Designated for Leisure, the image is composed on reflective industrial fabric – the painting’s surface shifts and transforms when viewed from different angles, revealing the landscape within as a chimera of light and perspective.  I was first drawn to this painting for its sheer size but as you get closer, its reflectiveness gives the impression of a landscape from a different dimension – one that is broken down into its basic shapes and forms.

Inspired by a set Victorian Staffordshire figurines, The Liberals is made from intersecting cardboard panels.  The scale of monumentality is at odds with the use of its humble material and the roughly painted panels.  Perhaps this contradiction reflects how the figurines, originally associated with value and prestige are now symbolic of kitsch within popular culture.

The exhibition concludes on the 23rd October so if you haven’t had the chance to visit and you are in Australia, it’s definitely worth the admission fee.

Images and artist info via Saatchi Gallery.  Info about the exhibition can be found via The Art Gallery of South Australia site here.

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Michael Riley

The late Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Michael Riley is one of the most important Indigenous artists of the past two decades. Over his career he created an impressive body of work ranging from black & white portraiture to film, video and large-scale digital photographs. Throughout, his concern was to celebrate the spirit of his people while also bearing witness to their struggles. He had a deep commitment to the process of reconciliation.

I came across Michael’s work in 2004 during an exhibition at The Flinders University Art Gallery, then again recently while watching a documentary on Aboriginal art.  His photographic work can be seen as autobiographical as they address the parallel meanings associated with Indigenous and Christian beliefs and how Colonisation and the words of the Bible led to the desacralisation of culture within many Aboriginal communites.  Presented as large scale prints, the recurring themes in his work denotes this sense of loss.

The following images are from his Cloud, Sacrifice and Flyblown series’ of images.

more of Michael’s work can be found here.

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SALA – Trent Parke

It’s that time of the year again when Adelaide comes alive with ART!  The South Australian Living Artists festival is on again and there is so much to see, all over the state…it’s difficult to know where to start!

A must see is the Trent Parke exhibition at The Hugo Michell Gallery on Portrush Rd.  He is one of my favourite Australian photographers and is the first Australian to become a full member of the Magnum Photo Agency.  The exhibition is a retrospective of the last 14 years of his photographic practice and is a must see.  The exhibition runs from the 29th July – 28th August.

images by Trent Parke courtesy of Stills Gallery.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto

Take one Faraday generator and some photographic dry plates = Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Lightning Fields series of images…ENJOY!

Images by Hiroshi Sugimoto.  More information on this series can be found here.  He is also exhibiting on Cockatoo Island during the Sydney Biennale.

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Slash: Paper under the Knife

I know this isn’t photography per se but I just love the way artists have used paper as the medium for their art.

Slash: Paper Under the Knife takes the pulse of the international art world’s renewed interest in paper as a creative medium and source of artistic inspiration, examining the remarkably diverse use of paper in a range of art forms.

This exhibition was recently shown at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.  The following images are those that I found particularly interesting as sources of inspiration.

Mia Pearlman

Andreas Kocks

Olafur Eliasson’s Your House is a laser-cut negative impression of Eliasson’s actual house; as you flip through the pages, you get a tour of the house in cross section:

Olafur Eliasson

Noriko Ambe is a Japanese artist whose paper sculptures and installations are sublime.  Check out her site here

Noriko Ambe

info: Museum of Arts and Design New York.  More information about the exhibition can be found here.

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