Artists Christian Capurro, Ben Cauchi, Danica Chappell, Peta Clancy, Daniel Crooks, Izabela Pluta and Robyn Stacey challenge the nature photography's inherent self-reflexivity with examples of bold, boundary-pushing experimentation.
Ben Cauchi, 'The thin blue of a winter sky' (2013), wet collodion on acrylic sheet, unique, 20 x 25 cm, image courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery
Ben Cauchi is a New Zealand photographer based in Berlin. Cauchi's practice examines the nature of photography, the passage of time, and the psychological dimensions of viewing, using very early photographic techniques on glass or metal. For Reconfigured/Rediscovered, he showcases his One Owns Grey series. In his practice, Cauchi uses traditional printing methods, such as ambrotypes and tintypes, to create darkly ethereal, contemplative images, which pose questions about mortality, the subconscious and pictorial representation itself.
Artist, photographer and filmmaker Christian Capurro uses digital and analogue tools, media and processes. For this exhibition, Capurro has re-purposed tripods to create towering artworks.
Danica Chappell, Thickness of Time # 9 (2018-19), chromogenic photograph, custom steel frame, 1150 x 400 x 400 mm, edition 1 of 1, image courtesy of the artist.
Danica Chappell, Melbourne-based visual artist, has a curiosity for spatial-temporal abstraction. Working with the elasticity of process from 'darkroom haptic' actions, Chappell skirts the peripheries of photography to deconstruct material conventions.
Melbourne-based artist Peta Clancy, a descendant of the Bangerang people from south-east Australia, utilises a range of media in her practice. Primarily a photographer, Clancy has a strong history of residencies and participation in academic conferences. Her work explores corporeality and displays a sustained interest in the physicality of photographic prints.
Izabella Pluta's practice embraces photography as a means of interpreting and re-conceptualising the function that images have in the present. Negotiating the possibilities of how material forms come together, she draws largely on finding, fragmenting, translating and reconfiguring things that are both photographed and found.
Daniel Crooks works predominantly in video, photography and sculpture. Best known for his digital video and photographic works that capture and alter time and motion, Crooks manipulates digital imagery and footage as though it were a physical material. He breaks time down, frame by frame. The resulting works expand our sense of temporality by manipulating digital 'time slices' that are normally imperceptible to the human eye.
Robyn Stacey, Geoff Kleem's Studio, Parramatta Road (2016), type C print, 110 x 156 cm, Ed. of 5, image courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery.
Robyn Stacey is an acclaimed Sydney-based photographer known for transforming entire rooms into walk-in camera obscuras. Masking windows to leave just a ray of light, the view outside is projected over the room's interiors, but upside down and in reverse. The effect is a moving scene which has a dreamlike quality.