Christine Szabados exhibition poster for 'intersect/costruct', 9th-20th September 2016 at Photospace Gallery, Wellington NZ
A series of diptychs originally shot on black and white film and colour transparency film, scanned and printed on Ilford Galerie Pearl. Most of these images were photographed between 2001-2004. Shot mainly in Auckland and some in London. The intent with most images was to capture anything that appealed to me. Sometimes there was a conscious reference to photographers like William Eggleston or Robert Frank. Juxtaposing two images with a shared visual detail can alter the reading of the work. The nature of photographing something no matter how mundane creates a juncture that is magnified.
Christine Szabados: 'Arch', from 'Intersect series'
Construct, parts I & II
Part 1: A series of hand made montages photographed and printed on archival cotton rag paper. Incorporating images from illustrators/artists John James Audubon, Cole Phillips, Fanny Osborne, John Gould, Walter Buller and Paul Martinson with architecture or interiors found in mainly pre 1980’s books or magazines. Other elements include fashion from the 50’s to 70’s and famous black and white photographs. Objects range from household appliances to cameras. Often there is an interaction between the figures and other elements within the frame. Creating a balance both in composition and colour the images are whimsical with sometimes a hint of humour.
Part 2: Using images from 1970’s Norman Rockwell poster book with images of war, renaissance anatomical illustrations, the occasional insect and historical black and white photographs. This series is juxtaposing the saccharine content of the Rockwell images with the more uneasy content of the added imagery to make comment on what happens in small town America is not always what it seems.