'Akin to Lust' by Hayley Boyle | 'A Place Within' by Thea McGrath | 'Silver and Gold' by David Flanagan | 3-13 Dec | Exhibitions
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. Catalogue.
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. Catalogue.
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. Catalogue.
Artists in conversation and closing drinks, Sunday 13th December, 2pm
Join Hayley, Thea and David as they discuss their works at PhotoAccess. Listen the event on our SoundCloud channel
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.