Minimalissimo


Until September 9, photographer Jacky Redgate is exhibiting a collection of work at the Art Gallery of New South Wales under the title, The Logic of Vision. My favourite piece from the show is Untitled, vase shape #1-#5 from 1986-1989, where black objects are placed on black backgrounds (wooden stands which act as both plinths and infinity screens). Viewing them from the front, it is easy to miss the existence of the objects completely, but once we navigate through the space and view them from the side, they come fully into our consciousness. I think this is a marvellous exploration of the potential for the monochrome to render, “three-dimensional ‘things in the world’ into two dimensional images”, and the way colour and space form a relationship in our perception of the world.

Writing of the work in 1993, Ross Gibson says:

The object itself can not be represented and can only be experienced by the viewer seeing it directly, reinstating an elusive aura of the original which photography has largely replaced, but one which can only be fleetingly grasped.

These images do the work no justice, so if you get a chance to see it in person, I’d highly recommend that you do.

 

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  1. Would really like to see this exhibition in person. Hard to really appreciate this through photography. Pity there isn’t at least a video walkthrough online. Great find though, Adrian. Beautiful work.

  2. Oh, I totally agree. I find that a lot of the power of art can be lost through documentation, which is a shame considering how many people look at it these days in books and on the internet. At least the idea of the work is conveyed.

    Glad you liked it, and looking forward to your next post!

 

 

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