Gary Carsley Sciencefictive

Brisbane-born Sydney-based artist Gary Carsley has become internationally recognised for his large digital photographs, where he swaps out tonal areas in the image (usually a landscape) for similarly toned woodgrain patterns.

Art Exhibition previously on at IMA - Institute of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 07 June 2014 to Saturday 26 July 2014

Gary Carsley
Sciencefictive image

Published by Institute of Modern Art on Monday 24 February 2014.
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He calls these posterised images ‘draguerrotypes’ (referring to daguerreotypes, an early form of photography), because they are like photography in drag, photography dressed as impressionist painting. The drageurrotypes collapse and conflate the analogue into the digital, the old fashioned into the new fangled, painting into photography, and conceptualism into craft. The draguerotypes have also developed into a furniture line, with Carsley reissuing Ikea furniture covered with his own fake-woodgrain landscapes. Carsley recently began making photographic works based on lapidiary (stone inlay), swapping wood patterns for stone, bringing in a new ranges of references.

Carsley’s new project Scientifictive is grounded in the recognition that, irrespective of where they live, people increasingly experience the natural world as a cultural representation, in the form of a park or garden. Carsley’s show will take the form of a large landscape garden that articulates values common to the garden traditions of both East and West. It will contain follies, water features, and paths, and several moongates (or stargates) that magically link remote parts of the world to each other. His title is a nod to Robert Smithson, who wrote: ‘Many architectural concepts found in science-fiction have nothing to do with science or fiction, instead they suggest a new kind of monumentality which has much in common with the aims of some of todays artists.’ A joint project with Kunstverein Ulm.