John Lethbridge: Imaging the Void
- When 3 Jun - 23 Jul 2016
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd Paddington NSW 2021
TUES TO SAT, 10AM–5PM
+61 2 8936 0888
'Imaging the Void: Making the Invisible Visible' is a series of images by Australian artist John Lethbridge, exploring the notion of ‘presence’ in performative photography and performative drawing. Central to the artist’s research is the development of a methodology to capture how the self is revealed through performance-based self-imaging. Key concepts of performative photography are examined across two groupings of works, Flesh Bodies: Performative Photography and Wing Bodies: Performative Drawing.
Flesh Bodies: Performative Photography explores the primordial qualities of the Australian bush that can activate a primal nature deep within the unconscious. By using the maximum depth of field setting on the camera lens and a slow camera speed, the artist sets up a continuum between slow body movements resulting in traces and blurs, and the atmospheric sharpness of the location.
The Wing Bodies: Performative Drawing images start with the raw and visually chaotic photographic close-up images of rock formations and other natural forms. Each image is then developed as a single performance.