Remain in Light

Exhibiting artists: Jane Burton, Jon Butt, Charles Dennington, Dianne Jones, Will Nolan, Elvis Richardson

Curated by George Adams

Art Exhibition previously on at Galerie pompom in New South Wales, Australia.
From Wednesday 19 September 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018

Will Nolan, Plaster II, 2018, Ink jet print, 78 x 96 cm, edition 2 of 3 + 2AP image Remain in Light, installation view image Jane Burton, A Temptation to Ships #5  2018 Hand printed, toned, and painted gelatin silver photograph, unique 1/1 32 cm x 30 cm image Jon Butt, Folding and Inverting and Spinning, 2014 C-type print face-mounted on polished acrylic, 50 x 50 cm image Dianne Jones, Darlarinj (Hunting), 2014, archival inkjet print on cotton rag, 90 x 70 cm image Charles Dennington, Spring Loaded Door, 2015, archival pigment print, 198 x 159.5 cm image Remain in Light, installation view image Remain in Light, installation view image Elvis Richardson, SETTLEMENT, video still, 2016, HD Video 16:9, 9 mins, with sound by James Hayes image

Published by Galerie pompom on Saturday 22 September 2018.
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Remain in Light, curated by pompom director George Adams, presents recent work from six Australian artists exploring the visual and conceptual possibilities of photography as a media that is being continually transformed by the interaction of technological development and social conditions. The artists are Dianne Jones, Elvis Richardson, Will Nolan, Jon Butt, Jane Burton and Charles Dennington. Questioning the generally accepted principles of photography is a necessary process, and part of a tradition that stretches back to the early years of the medium. In 1864, the British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, who had been criticised by the photographic establishment of the time for her preference for making out of focus portraits, asked in a letter to Sir John Herschel, “What is focus – and who has a right to say what focus is the legitimate focus.” In this she was questioning the very grounds of photography as a technology that was developed during a particular historical period, as well as the resulting social assumptions around the politics of representation.

Excerpt from the exhibition essay by Michael Waite