New matterrecent forms of photography
10 Sep 2016 – 26 Feb 2017
Location: Photography gallery
How do we look at photographs without relying on pictorial content alone?
Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition features recent work by Australian and international photographers who expand the limits of photographic representation. These artists are preoccupied with the material properties of the photograph and challenge our tendency to treat a photographic object as a passive conduit that we look through, not at.
The selected works resist the category of the purely representational. They experiment with the abstraction of form and acknowledge illusion and artifice as inherent to the medium. Exposing fissures or gaps in the image that either camouflage the subject or render it illegible, they offer new ways of reading and interpreting photography itself.
The artists – most of whom are in the early stages of their careers – include Jacqueline Ball, Walead Beshty, Matthew Brandt, Danica Chappell, Zoë Croggon, Christopher Day, Charles Dennington, Cherine Fahd, Deb Mansfield, Todd McMillan, Luke Parker, Kate Robertson, James Tylor and Justine Varga.
Left to right: Christopher Day untitled 2013, pigment print, 54.9 × 36.6 cm, purchased in memory of Reginald John Vincent 2014 © Christopher Day; Justine Varga Desklamp, from the series Film object 2011-12, type C photograph, 105 × 83.8 cm, Viktoria Marinov Bequest Fund 2013 © Justine Varga