Grayson Cooke, 'Old Growth'

Screening in Black Box Projects, 2016

Old Growth' is an environmental critique and material enquiry, it consists of three video works, each of which explores different effects of resource extraction or anthropogenic climate change. Each work consists of time-lapse photography of film media being chemically degraded.

Art Exhibition previously on at MAY SPACE in Waterloo precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Saturday 01 October 2016 to Thursday 27 October 2016

Grayson Cooke, 'Deforest' (still), 2016 image

Published by MAY SPACE on Wednesday 28 September 2016.
Contact the publisher.

‘Frack’ explores “virtual fracking” – it uses chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing to dissolve photographs of sedimentary rock. ‘Deforest’ uses sulphuric acid (which burns to the touch) to melt photographs of old growth rainforest. ‘Bleach’ uses a range of bleaching agents to dissolve photographs of the Great Barrier Reef.

Each work operates as a kind of media analogue for humanity’s effects on the environment; hydrochloric acid, for example, is used in fracking to dissolve fissures in sedimentary rock, and in this project it “fracks” the emulsion, seeking the “fissures” in the image where less silver is deposited on the celluloid. The project uses photographic media and corrosive chemicals to “materialize” environmental degradation along different channels than the documentary record. The ruination of the image and its relation to the environment lies at the core of this project.

Location

BRENDA MAY GALLERY
2 Danks Street Waterloo NSW Australia 2017
t: 02 9318 1122 e: info@brendamaygallery.com.au
Open: Tue to Fri 11-6, Sat 10-6 (Closed Sun/Mon, Public Holidays, Easter long weekend and mid Dec to end Jan)