* * * GALLERY TALK by LYNN HURST, Saturday 28th January, 1.30pm * * *
The Dutch Vanitas painters of the 17th century could not have imagined how their work would inspire a wave of artists working in a medium not yet invented. A number of New Zealand photographers have drawn inspiration from them (Fiona Pardington's recent work is but one example) and re-interpreted the elements and content to reflect current, local and personal concerns. Several Photospace Gallery exhibitors have also explored the Vanitas theme, most recently Alex Efimoff in his 2015 exhibition 'Men'. But I think you will agree when you see Lynn Hurst's exhibition that she brings something new, personal and very different to the tradition.
'Nature Morte' is Lynn Hurst's first exhibition at Photospace Gallery. It opens on December 3rd (12 noon-3pm) and runs until 28th January, 2017. Please not that Photospace Gallery will be closed from the 23rd of December to the 8th of January, inclusive, but viewing by appointment is available on most days. I'm not leaving town, so please email James Gilberd if you wish to visit the gallery during the holiday period.
Artist and exhibition info - Lynn Hurst, 'Nature Morte'
After selling the first box of book at last Thursday's exhibition opening, we now have a fresh box of 'The Shops'. You can come in and see the accompanying exhibition of Peter Black's photographs and buy a book for $40.00.
Following the official book launches, 'The Shops' was the week's number 1 seller at Unity Books, Auckland, and number two in the Wellington Unity Books shop on Willis St.
I don't intend this as a review, but I took the book home to read last Tuesday afternoon, while on earthquake leave. Steve Braunias kicks things off with an 18-page, stand-alone piece of autobiographical writing that does not talk directly to the photographs at all - a refreshing change from the usual photo book formula - but it sets one thinking back and creates a certain perspective, a unique viewpoint, from which to approach the 44 photographs that follow. If it takes you 10 minutes to read the text, try taking 20 minutes reading the photos and see where you end up. In other words, this is not a flick-through book, but one to spend some proper time with, and to revisit many times over in the future.
Also; twice, I was in on conversations in which some very design-conscious photographers declared the cover of 'The Shops' to be the best cover of any photo book ever. This may have been fueled by a few glasses of wine, and some rather nice cheese, but I'm inclined for now to agree.
Also showing at Photospace Gallery, in the room adjoining 'The Shops' exhibition, is a suite of photographs by Mary Macpherson selected from her latest book 'Medical Daydreams', (a limited edition of 20 hand-stichbound copies). There may still be a few copies available, which can be purchased directly from Mary via her website. The elegant, Spencer Levine-designed volume also contains a poem by Mary.
Both exhibitions, as well as 'Partial Loss' an exhibition by Cathy Tuato'o Ross and Ellen Smith, run till 28th November 2016.
'The Shops' will be available for sale indefinitely; see the Photospace Gallery books page.
Peter Black interview with Kim Hill, Radio NZ 5th Nov. 2016
London Urban - Photographs 1996 - 2004
London Urban is a series of photographs taken at accident scenes after the event. The evidence left is the remodelled street furniture, unconsciously shaped by the vehicle/driver.
I began living in London in 1991. Soon after arriving I noticed the vast amount of street furniture, much of it damaged and not repaired for weeks or months. (The Borough of Southwark was severely cash-strapped.)
One can imagine what happened to cause the damage shown in the photographs but this is not my primary interest. The resulting traces have a very sculptural quality which I could not imagine or make, but lend themselves very well to being photographed. The images also reference economics/politics, history, urban plight and transport issues/bad driving…
'London Urban' is DJN's first exhibition at Photospace Gallery. We also plan to show his painting and other artwork under the Gilberd Marriott Gallery banner in 2017-18.
Photography Matters II