(Image: Katie Hayne, Walking the city (detail), 2015, archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle rag paper, 110.00 x 33.00cm)
PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery: Indecisive Moments, a collaborative exhibition by local emerging artists Ursula K Frederick and Katie Hayne, and COLOUR/BLIND by LA-based artist Sinan Revell.
Exhibition dates: 28 April - 22 May 2016.
Opening on Thursday 22 April 2016 at 6pm
In Indecisive Moments artists Ursula K Frederick and Katie Hayne investigate the glitch in our visual culture. As a transient fault, unexpected interruption or slippage in the flow of information, the glitch is a reminder of the indecisive moments that haphazardly shape our perception and experience of the world. Frederick’s work comments on a particular moment in media history, the recent transition from analogue to digital. Frederick pairs photos of analogue televisions discarded in urban environments with pixilated digital screen grabs. The series is an exploration of everyday materialities and the consumption and discard practices of contemporary society. Hayne’s works are explorations into the history of seeing and cross-cultural understandings afforded by the panorama. In the 18th and 19th Centuries painted panoramas created a virtual experience of a place that people could not visit. Today we live in a world where global tourism is ubiquitous. In these photographic panoramas Hayne uses the digital fragments and missing information created by the smartphone to convey an interrupted and incomplete experience of the present. The title and theme of the exhibition both challenges and pays homage to street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson’s concept of the decisive moment- the notion that the essence of a moment can be captured and conveyed through its imaging. Frederick and Hayne’s works recognise that sometimes images are incomprehensible and that beauty can be found in mistakes. Both artists reflect on current innovative and experimental photographic technologies, where image making may involve any number of screens, frames and devices, depicting what it means to be living with contemporary visual culture. Catalogue.
Indecisive Moments will be opened by Shane Strange, Creative Writing Lecturer, University of Canberra.
In her exhibition COLOUR/BLIND Sinan Revell takes inspiration from the dot matrix used to test colour vision and incorporates portraiture, Perspex frames and vinyl cutouts to create mixed media works that focus on marginalised members of our society. Reveal created these works by turning the camera on herself, although does not consider the resulting images self-portraits. She has used herself as a vehicle to create socially critical works. When viewing these works from a distance only the matrix is visible, requiring us to look deeper to reveal the portrait behind. By forcing us to look closer, Revell highlights our blind spot towards the disenfranchised. Originally from Sydney and now based in Los Angeles, USA, Revell has exhibited extensively both in Australia and internationally. Catalogue.
COLOUR/BLIND will be opened with an introduction by Sinan Revell.
Sunday 22 May 2016 at 2pm: Artists in conversation, with Katie Hayne and Sinan Revell.
(Image: Ursula K. Frederick, No Signal #4 (detail), 2015, archival inkjet print, 22.00 x 33.00 cm)
(Image: Sinan Revell, Elderly 4 and Homeless, 2009, archival inkjet prints with vinyl screen, 51.00 x 51.00 x 5.00 cm each)
Courses and workshops in film and digital photography, studio lighting, street photography, and super 8 film for all experience levels are now open for enrolment. Gain new skills, expand your knowledge, or learn new techniques at PhotoAccess this Autumn! Click here to find out more.
BULB | Photographs of movement
A 2016 PhotoAccess members' exhibition
When set to ‘bulb’ mode, a camera’s shutter will remain open for as long as the photographer’s finger remains on the release button. Photographers use the bulb function to make images full of motion blur and excitement.
BULB, PhotoAccess’ second and final members’ exhibition for 2016, is all about movement: movement in pictures, movement in life. A photograph freezes the world around us, but it does not mean that the world within the photograph is frozen. The world within can rush by; it can blur and move within the frame. We invite our members to creatively interpret the theme BULB through photography and photo-based art; and create images of speed, of the daily hustle, capturing anything and everything that moves.
For this exhibition, members can submit one 8x10 inch (20.32x25.40cm) sized work each. So make sure that you think big and print small!
In the lead-up to BULB, we encourage members to take advantage of our courses and workshops. A full list is available online here. Working on film? Take advantage of our darkroom subscriptions and free access days, details available here.
BULB will run from 21 July - 7 August 2016 in the 'Tall' room of the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery. Completed online entry forms and a payment of $30 are due by Thursday 7 July 2016. Click here to enter.
PhotoAccess was established in 1984 as a community organisation, encouraging the use of photography to achieve personal and political growth, and providing affordable and accessible facilities. Times and technologies have changed, but PhotoAccess has adapted and matured, continually maintaining relevance – providing the inspiration and means for people to create their own cultural statements through the photo-based arts.
Now calling for proposals for exhibitions in 2017
PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery is now calling for proposals for exhibitions in 2017. PhotoAccess invites artists at all stages of their careers to showcase contemporary photo-based art in a supportive and stimulating artistic environment. Our exhibition space, the Huw Davies Gallery, is the only not-for-profit gallery in the ACT exclusively dedicated to contemporary photo-based art. We cultivate excellence in the PhotoAccess exhibition program by supporting great art and arts practice. Our program aims to show the very best work by local and visiting photo-based artists, demonstrating both technical and artistic excellence, to inform and inspire audiences. Our exhibitions and public programs encourage and extend the critical debate about contemporary photo-based art practice.
Artists and curators are invited to submit exhibition proposals. Proposals are considered by the PhotoAccess Gallery Committee. The Gallery Committee is particularly interested in proposals that:
- present new still and/or moving image work by emerging, mid-career and/or established artists
- involve artistic experimentation and innovation
- encourage, develop and extend critical debate about contemporary photo-based art practice
- reflect or document the ACT and region and the creative interests of the community
Artist Support Package | 2017
We are pleased to announce that artists and curators have the option of applying for an Artist Support Package in 2017. As part of the Artist Support Package, gallery venue hire fees are waived and a stipend is provided to assist with the costs associated with mounting an exhibition. The Artist Support Package is a 2017 initiative funded through PhotoAccess and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy. Full details listed on the application form.
Proposals due Tuesday 7 June 2016. Click here for more information.