Posts Tagged ‘unpredictability

05
May
12

Alison Rossiter : ‘Reduction’ (Minimalist Diptychs)

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‘Nepera Velox’
expired August 1906
processed in 2010
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‘Nepera Velox’
expired August 1906
processed in 2010
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‘Nepera Velox’
expired August 1906
processed in 2010
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‘Nepera Velox’
expired August 1906
processed in 2010
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‘Haloid Xerox Varaloid’
expired August 1932
processed in 2010
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‘Haloid Xerox Varaloid’
expired August 1932
processed in 2010
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‘Haloid Xerox Varaloid’
expired August 1932
processed in 2010
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Alison Rossiter’s photographs are created without a camera on expired, vintage photo paper. The artist experiments with gelatin silver papers she collects from throughout the 20th century, making controlled marks by pouring or pooling photographic developer directly onto the surface of the paper. Dark forms emerge which often resemble mountainous landscapes or active tornados; other shapes are paired by the artist to create minimalist diptychs. Each batch of gelatin silver paper, such as Eastman Royal Bromide, which expired in 1919, or Nepera- Velox, which expired in 1906, possesses unique qualities, depending on its particular color, surface, condition and age. Utilizing her experience in conserving photographs, she reacts to these variables and manipulates the interaction of paper and developer by hand, paying tribute to the intrinsic qualities of photographic materials and reintroducing unpredictability into a process which is now commonly digitized. – Extract: Reduction – Yossi Milo Gallery

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Alison Rossiter : Website

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01
Feb
12

Jessica Houston : ‘The Times’ Series (Paintings)

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“My work is an investigation of ephemera and transformation of the everyday. I often use found materials that either reveal or subvert underlying formative principles. Whether I’m painting over newspapers, making installations from objects collected in the Arctic, intervening in public spaces, or inviting scientists to interact, I am driven by subtle shifts in perception and a rearrangement of form. I’m drawn to the fleeting experience that allows for impermanence, chance, unpredictability and tenuous stability. I’m looking for the possibility of revelation through simple means, a place and a moment where now. dissolves into always, and always into now.” – Jessica Houston : Artist Statement

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‘The Times’
Oil and Pencil on Newspaper
12″ x 16″ Wood Panel
2007
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‘The Times’
Oil and Pencil on Newspaper
12″ x 16″ Wood Panel
2008
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‘The Times’
Oil and Pencil on Newspaper
12″ x 16″ Wood Panel
2008
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‘The Times’
Oil and Pencil on Newspaper
12″ x 16″ Wood Panel
2008
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‘The Times’
Oil and Pencil on Newspaper
12″ x 16″ Wood Panel
2008
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‘The Times’
Oil and Pencil on Newspaper
12″ x 16″ Wood Panel
2008
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Since 2006 I have been painting over newspapers adhered to wood panels – obliterating, whiting out, and rearranging the page. Working within the existing grid system to reveal and ultimately, undermine it, the act of painting echoes the ways in which the media selects, eliminates, and frames information. The paintings subvert and transform language, and create a new form made of line, mark, measure, and composition. In their multi-layered process of making these paintings become palimpsests, a place where chance and time collide. Alongside the trauma, beauty, and calamity of the everyday world, there is the possibility of silent observation. I also paint portraits of people from the newspaper. THis is largely a response to Susan Sontag’s ‘Regarding the Pain of Others’. I paint as a process of re-presenting the form, the information. In an era of information overload, painting offers a very different kind of response to the news, a human response, of the hand and the heart. – [Extract : J.H. Website]

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Jessica Houston : Website

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21
Nov
11

Mattia Listowski : ‘Shorescape’ (Video & Stills)

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“My work analyses the creative process and the objects emerging from it. The time involved in this process is important when we observe these objects because time is slowed down in an accelerating world, warning us of our fragility and the contempt we bear for it. It is also the unpredictable emergence caused by creation: the result evolves with time. The probability of the unpredictable is a crucial element in the quality of the process, and is what makes it beautiful.”

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Shorescape
‘Perceptive Landscapes’
Digital Print
2010
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Shorescape
‘Perceptive Landscapes’
Digital Print
2010
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Shorescape
‘Perceptive Landscapes’
Digital Print
2010
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Shorescape
‘Perceptive Landscapes’
Digital Print
2010
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Flatlight Shorescape
Video
2010

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When someone is confronted by a natural phenomenon, which is alive and moving, the first though we have to understand this phenomenon is to associate it with a similar element representing something real, sometimes on a different scale, and most of the time that first impression is the one that permeates memory. Unless you have a need to go further, the viewer is held and stick to it.

‘Shorescape’ attempts to provide directly the second reading, the one that reveals a different reality than that offered by the model. By showing photographs of a selected event perceived as a moving one, the image reveals a figurative element invisible at the first reading. [Extract : Shorescape]

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Mattia Listowski : Website

Mattia Listowski : Vimeo

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