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Nothing lost | Exhibition

Lisa Benson, Joyce Campbell, Adam Custins, Darren Glass, Dane Mitchell and Layne Waerea

Fri. 22 May - Sun. 21 June 2015 | FREE
Opening Thurs. 21 May, 6 - 8pm

Pin hole photography, microscopic imaging, Polaroids, and digital films mark just some of the photographic evolutions that feature in Corban Estate Arts Centre’s next exhibition, showing from 22 May to 21 June 2015. Nothing lost is a selection of photographic works by artists Lisa Benson, Joyce Campbell, Adam Custins, Darren Glass, Dane Mitchell and Layne Waerea; featuring works that represent the alchemical and technical act of image-making, whilst at the same time capturing the impermanence of the subject in view.

On show are Darren Glass’ custom built pin hole cameras that enabled him to capture his infamous Frisbee series of fleeting mid-flight photographs, as well as his inventive telephoto slit camera prints of the shifting mountain forms of Mount Taranaki and Mount Ngauruhoe.

Joyce Campbell is also known for her photographic studies of the land. In her new series of ecological and metaphorical landscapes she focuses on the land she lives on and cares for in Karekare, West Auckland. With her dependable medium format Hasselblad camera and her children as guides, Campbell captures journeys through the bush as seen by her children.

Throughout Dane Mitchell’s cross-disciplinary practice he has found ways to visualise the intangible, and he has often used scientific microscopic photography to reveal the unseen world. Having previously enlarged and documented the dust and mould found in public spaces, in this series he puts his own body matter under the microscope, magnifying minute pieces of rheum—the residue the eye produces when sleeping. In capturing the leftovers of dreaming, Mitchell’s large scale crystalline photographs capture a substance that might be thought of as the traces of his unconsciousness.

Meanwhile Lisa Benson treats the gallery like a darkroom, where over time her photographic prints slowly develop under the gallery lights. The tone of her monochromatic photographs will change during the exhibition, her ever-changing images tracking time as it passes by. Benson’s new series of prints have initially been exposed to the natural light of Rakiura Stewart Island where the artist currently lives.

Adam Custins also captures the lifecycle of the photographic medium by shooting on experimental, or vintage Impossible Project or Polaroid film. Custins then re-photographs the original instant film at a certain stage of the image’s instability, appearing to preserve the shifting nature of the west coast landscape at the same time as capturing the instant print's transformation.

Layne Waerea’s performance art interventions question the rules that govern people’s behaviour in public spaces. Concerned with the ownership of natural resources, her on-going work Chasing Fog Club is comprised of films and images that people that have submitted, showing themselves chasing fog. Waerea describes this act as a liberating yet somewhat futile exercise of shared participation in social space. New submissions for the exhibition can be emailed to chasingfog@gmail.com.

Public programmes:

Artists talk
Sat. 30 May, 11am | Free

Artists Joyce Campbell, Adam Custins and Layne Waerea discuss their work in the exhibition and the role photography plays in their art


Saturday Gallery Club #4: Optical photography studio
Sat. 13 June, between 10:30am and 12pm | Free

Kids bring a digital camera or imaging device to take experimental images in our pop up photography studio set up with lenses, kaleidoscopes, filters, magnifying glasses and more. These are fun and free art-making sessions for families happening every SECOND Saturday of the month in the gallery. Art activities are designed for children aged 4 to 12 years old and run for around 30 minutes. These sessions are family friendly and children need to be accompanied by an adult.

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