Endless Summer

Sunglasses and the spectacle of visionLily Hibberd

Art Exhibition previously on at Gertrude Contemporary in Australia. Published by anonymous on Wednesday 19 September 2007. Friday 18 May 2007 to Saturday 16 June 2007.

Endless Summer: Sunglasses and the spectacle of vision image

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GCAS Studio Artist Lily Hibberd’s new solo exhibition, Endless Summer, chronicles one man’s obsession with sunglasses. The exhibition consists of a sequence of portraits of the man wearing his collection of sunglasses, in which each of the 37 images is the same except he’s wearing a different pair – one for every summer of his life.

The gallery space is constructed as a viewing experience with two floor-to-ceiling tinted acrylic panels that can be looked though like lenses, as an altered perceptual experience akin to wearing a pair of spectacles. A voice-over accompanies the installation, with the man recollecting his summers past as he tries on each pair.

Twentieth century fashion and celebrity culture have made sunglasses into revealing embodiments and representations of human desire. Hibberd’s work sets up a comparison between sunglasses, photography and vision, exploring the implications of lens and framing, as well as the varying capacities of each to contain time, and memorialise.

Hibberd’s exhibition Endless Summer looks at the psychological and cultural aspects of sunglasses, focusing on them as objects and instruments of altered perception, from both sides of the lens.

Lily Hibberd is represented by Karen Woodbury Gallery.