Nerve at Photofusion
Richard Caldicott, Robert Davies, Garry Fabian Miller, Daro Montag, Roderick Packe & Neil Reddy
Until 17 Jan 04
Optic Nerve brings together the work of six artists who share an experimental and unconventional approach to photography. Often working without cameras, lenses, film or even light, they all produce luminous, colour-saturated images that question traditional ideas about what a photograph is and how it can be made.
Rather than capturing a single 'decisive moment', they create images that record the transitory passage of time, tracing and superimposing the optical effects of improvised but highly controlled processes to reveal new visual spaces and seductive tonalities.
Their work has a simplicity and visual intensity that is both contemplative and challenging and suggests many possible connections to modernist painting and visionary cinema.
It is to
the work of experimental and abstract filmmakers, of whom Stan Brakhage
and Jordan Belson are perhaps the most well known, that the Optic Nerve
artists can most closely be compared. The directness, simplicity and inventiveness
of their use of materials and light are a part of what they have in common:
contrary to much current manipulation of photographic imagery, no computer
technology is used here. Optical, chemical and mechanical effects and
experimental techniques that intensively explore the potentials of natural
phenomena are common to all of these artists. Rather than technical sophistication
or digital complexity, they are concerned with inquiry, invention and
intuitive improvisation through simple manual processes that have their
equivalent in the work of Brakhage or Belson.
The exhibition is curated by Roderick Packe and organised by Wolsey Art Gallery. A full-colour catalogue with an essay by Derek Horton accompanies the exhibition priced at £12.
open: Tues, Thurs & Fri 10am - 6pm; Wed 10am - 8pm; Sat 11am - 6pm
OPTIC NERVE - Abstract Colour Photography
Talks & Events
Nerve Panel Discussion
This panel discussion is an opportunity to find out more about the works in the exhibition, discover the techniques the artists employ and what drives them to make these photographs. Derek Horton, writer of Optic Nerve essay will chair this event.
book a place, contact Photofusion on 020 7738 5774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Films by Stan Brakhage
For tickets and information, please contact The OTHER Cinema on 020 7734 1506 (open from 1pm - 9pm daily). The OTHER Cinema, Rupert Street, London, W1D 7PR. Web: www.picturehouses.co.uk