Shortlisted for the Zumtobel Photo Prize 2013. Congratulations to all shortlisted entries & the winners which can be viewed under Zumtobel News here. All shortlists show what can be achieved with a humble disposable camera - bring back the excitement of film photography! Description of my image below;
9/11 Memorial, NY, August 2013
Based on the footprint of the original towers, the scale & depth of the memorial reminds us of the huge loss created by this tragedy. Amazingly, this void is one of the only places in NY that will make you look down instead of up. The photograph captures the reflection of the surrounding skyline rising above the pool of water below.
Discovered this exhibition at the weekend. Beautiful restraint of line & colour with explosions of translucent text pieces on rice paper. Visual abstraction & the art of composition abound. Mira’s work derives its sources from phenomenology, in the idea of being and nothingness, the visible & the invisible, conscious[ness] & the void.
The highlight of the show is Mira’s ‘Still Waves of Probability’ installation, originally commissioned for the Venice Biennale 1969, it is made up of hundreds of translucent threads hung from the ceiling, diffusing your view of the gallery beyond & touching the ground with an incredible feather-like lightness & softness.
"The vision is perfectly simple and completely mesmerising. One cannot see the threads, precisely, and yet somehow the vision appears – the visibility of the invisible." L. Cumming, The Observer, 29 Sept ‘13
Currently gathering some conceptual ideas for a competition proposal & I recalled this series of photographs by Ahmed Mater which I was introduced to at the Hajj Exhibition (Jan-Apr ‘12) at the BritishMuseum, London. Really enjoy the simple use of materials & using their properties to produce a piece of work which works on a multiplicity of scales.
The use of a sectional axonometric drawing disengages the viewer with a sense of reality, otherwise found in perspective drawings. This plays to the strength of Ricks ‘imaginings’ of underground interventions.
"Time: a familiar framework for all our lives, but a fundamentally peculiar concept. Timepiece is a major new installation that encourages us to take a fresh look at something we all take for granted.
Suspended above the Roundhouse’s epic Main Space will be a vast 8-metre faceless clock, a spectacular light sculpture that will flood the space with intricate layers of light and shadow. Responding to the building’s circular shape and 24 towering support pillars, the building itself will become the Timepiece, allowing us all to see time in a different way.”
I am looking forward to seeing + experiencing this installation next month!