SEASON 12: Garden of Earthly Delights
This exhibition draws from a wide range of photomedia including traditional photographic practices and some rich examples of contemporary documentary in Sydney. All the participating artists have exhibited at Stills before.
© Polixeni Papapetrou, The Visitor, 2012 pigment print, 70 x 105 cm, editions of 8
The artists are Narelle Autio, Polixeni Papapetrou, Anne Noble, Danielle Thompson, Garry Trinh, Ben Cauchi, Gilbert Bel-Bachir, Ian Dodd, Mark Kimber and Trent Parke. The mood for the exhibition is ‘transcendent’ epitomized by the vibrant underwater worlds of Narelle Autio in works from the series Water Hole and the sublime magic realism of Ian Dodd’s black and white fairytale landscapes. ...
Mark Kimber presents « The Pale Mirror » at Stills Gallery
The Pale Mirror radiates filmic drama and atmosphere. Suburban houses and city blocks burn with blinding white light as in UFO abduction scenes. Remote landscapes emblazoned by sheaths of illumination recall search and rescue disaster movies. The heavens appear to be opening for God. Early air and sea craft brave unchartered and unforgiving territories.
These are small works that tell epic tales, although the tales themselves are elusive. Deceptively, the light serves to illuminate nothing, as cinematic genres, eras and geographies blur into strange yet indefinably familiar territory. An effect Kimber describes as ‘half-remembered’.
The image quality is especially inviting and delicious. It is enhanced by rich opalescent colours, and a sense that reality is just out of reach. This creates a force...
La galerie Stills célèbre la fin de sa saison avec une exposition collective
Chaque année, Stills Gallery célèbre la transition d'une année à l'autre par une exposition collective des artistes de la galerie Stills. Cette année présente les nouveaux travaux provenant des séries; Season 11.
On y retrouve les travaux de la populaire Petrina Hicks, avec sa série Huppy and the Snake, mais aussi Mark Kimber avec la série The Cloud Chamber. Il y a aussi le français Gilbert Garcin qui a beaucoup travaillé sur les années 80's, et qui présentera sa série The Man Who is an Image (déjà exposée au Head On Photo Festival de Paddington). De plus, il y a les travaux de Marketa Luskacova, une photographe tchèque dont la sensibilité poétique est tr&e...
Season10 - Stills Gallery, SydneyIn SEASON10 we are featuring a mix of unseen images and work selected from previous series by each artist, with an emphasis on summer and celebration.
Narelle Autio’s Seaweed Stacks is an intriguing image of sculptural seaweed forms on the beach near her home. The coast and water has been an ongoing inspiration for Autio, as is evident in her 2006 series celebrating bodies spontaneously at play beneath the surface of the water. Trent Parke is represented with gems from a current work in progress, The Black Rose, which is about coming to terms with the interconnectedness of past, present and future. Also showing will be favourites from The Christmas Tree Bucket series.
In her new images In Lieu, Like A Bird Now and The Ravellor, Pat Brassington continues her fascination with the transformed human body as a sit...
Mark Kimber : All That GlistersMark Kimber’s new work is fanciful and serious in equal measure. The photographs in All That Glisters present hermetically sealed mini dioramas that speak of our need to place value upon, control, and create memorabilia within our lives.
An astronaut/rock star like figure in a glistening gold jacket stands in the theatrical posture of a seasoned performer mid song. He happens to be a small figurine standing on a red carpet enclosed in a curved oblong glass jar, his innate sense of heroic freedom at odds with his captivity. There is the familiarity of an awards night, the Oscars perhaps, in this elegant object.
Vanitas refers to a type of still life consisting of a collection of objects that symbolise death, the brevity of human life and the transience of earthly pleasures and achievements. Suffused wit...
Mark Kimber - EDGELANDEDGELAND, Mark Kimber's latest body of work, continues his fascination with the borders of suburbia; carparks, industrial buildings, shadows and signs. In his earlier work SUN PICTURES (Stills Gallery, 2007) Kimber used a plastic 'Diana' camera to capture these scenes. The visual qualities that a rough plastic lens, two apertures (sunny and cloudy) and one shutter speed impart ably transformed objects and places into vignetted and illusionistic scenes.
Kimber is compelled to find "situations where the play of light, form and landscape converge in time and space to create an elusive and ephemeral piece of theatre." To produce EDGELAND he changed cameras, this time using a high definition model and shooting at dusk, the edge of the day. The intense colour of the twilight sky mixes with the artificial lights of...