Acclaimed Photographer Dennis Morris Presents Dreamtime At Spectrum Fine Art
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Spectrum Fine Art , the West End gallery committed to showcasing the most exciting work of emerging talents alongside established greats, presents Dreamtime – the new exhibition from celebrated photographer Dennis Morris, running from Tuesday 7 th June to Saturday 8 th July at Spectrum Fine Art, 77 Great Titchfield Street , London W1W 8HS.
Dennis Morris’s exhibition at Spectrum Fine Art takes its inspiration from his recent trip in Spring 2004 to Australia, in which he visited the Aboriginal Mowanjum community, situated in the West Kimberleyregion. The photographs record a unique and little known community, featuring images of rites of passage, indigenous ceremonies and ordinary aspects of the daily lives of his subjects. Morris pays attention to both the individual and the group, capturing the essence of personality and character in an attempt to displace the faceless and colonial feel of previous photographical studies of the Aboriginal people.
The exhibition is divided into three categories, each focusing on a different aspect of the Mowanjum: ‘Ceremony’, which shows the ‘mob’—the aboriginal term for collective members of a community— displaying their ritual dances and costume, ‘Portraits’, which is a succession of studies that depict the children of the ‘mob’ and ‘Killer’ – a series of images showing the Aboriginal cowboyshunting, killing and skinning their prey. For Dreamtime, Morris has applied a new technique to the physical space in which his work is displayed and viewed, encapsulating the sensory nature of his photography, and the overall mood of the art. In June, Spectrum Fine Art will swathe its walls and windows with a translucent wallpaper of Morris’s landscape prints, bearing the vivid blue skies and earthy desert of the Australian Outback and enhancing the immediate reaction to the photographs.
Dennis Morris first came to prominence through his extensive work with Bob Marley and The Sex Pistols, where he produced seminal and intimate images of the artists. By using his unique photojournalistic style, which expanded upon the traditional reportage exemplified by his contemporaries, Morris established his photography as among the most respected in the industry by gaining access to previously off-limit aspects of the subjects’ lives. With a career spanning over two decades, Dennis Morris has continued to photograph leading musicians including Oasis, Bush and the Prodigy, and published several books alongside the regular international exhibitions of his work at venues including the Sydney Opera House, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and a variety of galleries in London, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Stuttgart.
Dreamtime opens to the public on Wednesday 8 th June with a private view on Tuesday 7 th June 2005.
Spectrum Fine Art
Opening hours are 10 - 6 Monday - Friday, Saturday by appointment