(Kon Kudo, Pop: Frame No. 128/1221 2015, inkjet print on motorised flipbook conveyer belt, 5.0 x 7.0cm)
PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery the first installment of its 2015 Residents Season, showcasing three new solo exhibitions by recipients of the Australian National University School of Art Emerging Artists Support Scheme PhotoAccess Awards:
Remnant by Rebecca Worth | Pop by Kon Kudo | The Death's Maiden by Ellen Hewitt
Exhibition dates: 19 – 29 November 2015
The exhibitions will be opened on Thursday 19 November 2015 at 6pm, by Dr Martyn Jolly, Head of Photography and Media Arts Australian National University School of Art
Emerging Artist-in-Residence, Rebecca Worth, presents Remnant: an immersive installation of photographic prints on fabric. In homage to psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach, Worth collages digital imagery to achieve ambiguous, abstract effects. Worth explains: Reflections, perceptions and experience are projected as the viewer searches for meaning. The viewer is held in limbo, between the form and their subjective perceptions. Devoid of inherent meaning, what is left is the remnant of the viewer. Worth is a graduate of Photography and Media Arts at the ANU School of Art, and received a one-year residency and exhibition opportunity for her graduating work. Throughout her residency at PhotoAccess, Worth experimented with large prints on fabric, and alternative processing such as cyanotypes. Catalogue.
Pop is a motorised flipbook installation by emerging artist and photographer, Kon Kudo. In an age of instant image-sharing and easy digital manipulation, Kudo’s work returns a sense of tangibility to the photographic image. His meticulously hand-wrought flipbooks allow the viewer to physically interact with his imagery. As he describes: Consumers are now overloaded with content, leading to a partial engagement with the material. Pop forces viewers to interact fully for the duration of the short loop, mimicking contemporary smart phone gestures but in contrast offering a more active experience. Kudo is the recipient of the 2015 EASS Exhibition Award, and is a recent graduate of the ANU School of Art Photography and Media Arts program. Catalogue.
In The Death’s Maiden, Emerging Artist-in-Residence Ellen Hewitt reflects on humanity’s fascination with mortality. Presenting layered prints on lightboxes, Hewitt explores the folkloric tale of The Death’s Maiden, mining art history, storytelling and fable to explore the ways in which death has been understood across Western culture. Ultimately, as she describes, the exhibition, demonstrates that what lies after death is only a manifestation of the collective introspections, speculations and thoughts of humankind. Hewitt was awarded a one-year residency and exhibition opportunity at PhotoAccess, following her graduating exhibition in 2014. In addition to her body of work for The Death’s Maiden, Hewitt used her residency to develop new work in the PhotoAccess darkroom. Catalogue.
5pm Thursday 19 November 2015 @ PhotoAccess
In Conversation event with Ellen Hewitt, Kon Kudo and Rebecca Worth. Free - all welcome.
About the PhotoAccess Emerging Artist Support Scheme Awards
At the 2014 Australian National University School of Art (ANU SoA) Graduating Exhibition, PhotoAccess selected two graduates for 2015 Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) residencies, and one graduate for a 2015 EASS Exhibition Award. The PhotoAccess EASS awards are intended to assist artists in the emerging stage of their careers and with limited exhibition experience, to develop and present new work in Huw Davies Gallery exhibitions. Residencies involve mentoring, further education, access to facilities and equipment and, towards the end of each residency, an exhibition. Rebecca Worth and Ellen Hewitt are the 2015 EASS Emerging Artists in Residence, and Kon Kudo is the recipient of the 2015 EASS Exhibition Award.
(Rebecca Worth, Untitled 1 from Remnant (detail) 2015, inkjet print on cotton, 59.4 x 84.1cm)
(Ellen Hewitt, The Deception and The Coming of Age from The Death’s Maiden 2015, inkjet prints, 42.0 x 59.4cm each)
(image: Sean Davey, Interiors, 8 Mile, Port Moresby, PNG, 2013. From the exhibition Port Moresby | Second Contact)
A 2016 PhotoAccess members' exhibition
A sequence of photographs is like a cinema of stills… To engage a sequence we keep in mind the photographs on either side of the one in our eye. Minor White, Mirrors, messages, manifestations (1969).
The theme for our first PhotoAccess members exhibition for 2016 is In Sequence. For many artists, photography is not only about single images, but relationships between multiple images. A sequence of images can tell a particular story or narrative, create a sense of visual poetry, or suggest movement and time passing. For this exhibition, we are calling on members to submit a series of two or more images 'in sequence'. New and existing members are invited to creatively address the theme, In Sequence, through photography and photo-based art.
In the lead-up to In Sequence, we encourage members to take advantage of 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.
In Sequence will run from 28 January - 21 February 2016. Completed online entry forms and a payment of $30 are due by Thursday 14 January 2015. Click here to enter.
PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery the second and final installment of its 2015 Residents Season, showcasing three new solo exhibitions by PhotoAccess Artists-in-Residence:
Akin to Lust by Hayley Boyle | A Place Within by Thea McGrath | Silver and Gold by David Flanagan
Exhibition dates: 3 – 13 December 2015
The exhibitions will be opened on Thursday 3 December 2015 at 6pm by Anne O'Hehir (Curator of Photography National Gallery of Australia).
PhotoAccess CIT Emerging Artist-in-Residence Hayley Boyle presents Akin to Lust, a series of glittering photographic collages exploring concepts of behaviour, identity and image consumption. In Boyle’s work, ‘the camera is used as a form of self-surveillance alongside awareness of culture, representations of the body and sexuality. The very notion of photographing is to acquire’. Akin to Lust involves a clash of deliberately hand-made techniques with mass-produced items, interspersed with uncanny features of the body. Boyle graduated from CIT in 2014 with a Bachelor of Photography. She was awarded the PhotoAccess CIT Residency Award for her graduating work.
CIT Emerging Artist-in-Residence, Thea McGrath presents her solo exhibition A Place Within. This distilled series of self-portrait works show the artist in a state of private reverie, or sleep. Reflecting on emotional states, McGrath gives a subtle and quietly confident insight into the psyche. She explains that while the images express an ‘overwhelming time’ filled with personal struggle, they are ‘also an expression of my confidence, in knowing that under all the overwhelming routine and daily life, I do know who I am.’ McGrath graduated with a Bachelor of Photography in 2014, and received a PhotoAccess Residency Award for her graduating work. This is her first solo exhibition.
David Flanagan’s exhibition Silver and Gold is the result of a six-month PhotoAccess Dark Matter residency, during which time he worked on images from his archive in the PhotoAccess darkroom. Flanagan uses aerial photography to explore Australia’s varied and intriguing landscapes. He explains: I am interested in the Australian light, which is harsh yet crisp and how it sculpts and defines these landscapes from above, revealing things not witnessed from ground level. The resulting imagery provides a rich visual experience and challenges the viewer to consider the landscape as more than a series of postcard vistas, but as a living, breathing and evolving land. Using traditional fibre-printing techniques and selenium and gold toning, Flanagan’s works are elegant examples of contemporary darkroom practice. David Flanagan is a mid-career Canberra-based artist.
Artists in conversation and closing drinks, Sunday 13th December, 2pm
Join Hayley, Thea and David as they discuss their works at PhotoAccess.
About PhotoAccess Artist Residencies
At the 2014 Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Graduating Exhibition, PhotoAccess selected two graduates of the Bachelor of Photography program for 2015 Emerging Artist residencies. A PhotoAccess membership was also awarded to one graduate of the Diploma of Photography. The CIT awards are intended to assist artists in the emerging stage of their careers and with limited exhibition experience, to develop and present new work in Huw Davies Gallery exhibitions. Residencies involve mentoring, further education, access to facilities and equipment and, towards the end of each residency, an exhibition. The Dark Matter residency was established in 2015 to provide one artist with the opportunity to develop work in the PhotoAccess darkroom, for an exhibition in December 2015. David Flanagan is the inaugural recipient of the Dark Matter Award.
LIGHT AND GRAIN
YWCA Canberra partnered with PhotoAccess in 2015 on a black-and-white film and darkroom eight-week course for Lake Tuggeranong College students. The students learnt how to use analogue cameras, capture light and work with the grain and texture of traditional photographic processes in the PhotoAccess darkroom. The results of their work will be exhibited at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, in the Foyer Gallery, from Wednesday 18 until Saturday 28 November 2015, in an exhibition titled Light and Grain.
Exhibition opening 6pm Wednesday 18 November 2015. Free event, all welcome.
Exhibitors: Brooke Bateman, Sage Blackmore-Warren, Christie Browne, Madeline Curcuruto, Stephanie Hogan and Bryton Sturgiss.
(Image by Madeline Curcuruto)