Archive for October, 2010
Created in the darkroom from a union of masterful light play and photo chemistry, these painterly images arrest and challenge the viewer’s imagination on a departure from the world of reality. By inventive application of the photographic medium, this current body of work, primarily made without the use of a camera, includes techniques from the foundations of photography – photograms and light drawings. By inverting the process he’s able to extract a unique palette of colors inherent to black and white photography.
Also featured are ‘Arrestations’, a series of collages that are constructed from fragments of exposed photographic paper that are torn and pieced together to create a new and altogether different whole.
In this Rorschach-like world, even small details like the torn edge of a piece of paper play a significant role in the manipulation and creation of light. Some images conjure atmospheric landscapes, some the human figure, while others dwell in pure abstraction; but all embody a sense of movement and play that give each viewer a unique perspective and provide passage on a journey limited only by the viewer’s imagination. [Extract : Laurence Miller Gallery : Singular Sensations: Collage and Photograms]
“Portraits” features 10 silver boxes of various heights and configurations – resembling buildings, tables, cigarette boxes. Each is inscribed with the name of a noted individual: Gore Vidal, Brancusi, Bruce Nauman, Dior, Montaigne, Schoenberg, Louis Armstrong, Audrey Hepburn, Kazuo Ohno and Gaudi. Their birthdates are written on the wall behind them, about 6 feet away. It’s a curious display. What might these selections indicate about the artist’s interests? Why use a memorial form when some of the subjects are living? According to gallery information, dimensions accord with the birthdates.
“The three decades of development China is experiencing – building to a crescendo with the Olympics – are unparalleled in history. The colour red, which I use to highlight specific parts of the photograph, can elicit different responses in people from different countries or cultures – at times, it can even have opposite meanings for people. I want my work to be interpreted differently by people depending on their response to the symbolic meaning of red. In this sense, the work has the potential to reveal international perspectives to common subject matter.” Zhou Jun