Madeline Bishop "80 Denier" | Octavio Garcia Alvarado "Ancient Mexican Codex" | Ngaio Fitzpatrick "Oblivion" | 27 Nov - 14 Dec

2014-11-27 18:00
2014-12-14 16:00

(Images, left to right: Madeline Bishop, Sophie & Hannah and Lucy & Ellie)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery and Multimedia Gallery three exhibitions.
Opening 6pm Thursday 27 November 2014 - all welcome. Opening speaker Terence Maloon, Director ANU Drill Hall Gallery.
Exhibition dates 27 November - 14 December 2014.

Public programs Saturday 6 November:
Artist talks 2pm | Madeline Bishop and Ngaio Fitzpatrick
Artist talk plus Chemigram darkroom demonstration 3pm | Octavio Garcia Alvarado

Each year PhotoAccess selects two photography graduates from the Australian National University School of Art (ANU SOA) for PhotoAccess EASS (Emerging Artist Support Scheme) emerging artist residencies. The intention is to assist those photographers, in the emerging stage of their careers and with limited exhibition experience, to develop and present new work in Huw Davies Gallery exhibitions. Residencies can involve mentoring, courses, access to facilities and equipment and, towards the end of each residency, exhibition opportunities. Madeline Bishop and Octavio Garcia Alvarado graduated from the ANU SOA Photomedia Department in 2013 and are the recipients of the 2014 PhotoAccess EASS emerging artist residencies. Ngaio Fitzpatrick graduated from the ANU SOA Glass Department in 2013 and received the 2014 PhotoAccess EASS exhibition prize.

Madeline Bishop | 80 Denier
Madeline Bishop's exhibition 80 Denier presents double portraits of sisters photographed in very low light. Madeline’s subjects appear wrapped in dark, enveloping atmospheres, but are also caught in individual states of reverie and reflection. Delicate light plays on their skin, picking out shared physical traits, as well as uniquely expressed emotions. In this series, Madeline’s focus is on the human face, slowly and deliberately picking out its subtle mysteries through a screen of velvety darkness. Amid the encompassing darkness of these large prints, the viewer is encouraged to move closer, and to be drawn into the private intimacy of these relationships, at once familiar and foreign. Catalogue

Octavio Garcia Alvarado | Ancient Mexican Codex
Octavio Garcia Alvarado's Ancient Mexican Codex uses the chemigram, an alternative darkroom etching technique, to re-imagine the ancient images of Mesoamerican culture in the Mixtec Codex. Octavio was inspired by his grandfather, the last person in his family to speak Totonaco, the language indigenous to Octavio’s home town of Papantla Veracruz, Mexico. As a PhotoAccess EASS artist-in-residence, Octavio has used the PhotoAccess darkroom to produce the works in this exhibition. Catalogue

Ngaio Fitzpatrick | Oblivion
Ngaio Fitzpatrick's evocative video installation Oblivion responds to the global threat of climate change. The artist documents the shattering of toughened industrial glass, to comment on our inability to fully comprehend a looming environmental disaster. This arresting video work, shot in black-and-white, reveals the unfolding drama of pressure building to the point of catastrophe. Catalogue Video

(Image: Octavio Garcia Alvarado, The King's orders)

(Image: Ngaio Fitzpatrick, Oblivion)