Pinhole photography, microscopic imaging, Polaroid’s and social media, mark just some of the photographic evolutions included in this exhibition, Nothing lost. It features photographic based works by artists Lisa Benson, Joyce Campbell, Adam Custins, Darren Glass, Dane Mitchell and Layne Waerea.
This selection of works often portrays the alchemical and technical aspects of image-making itself, through homemade, traditional or digital means, whilst at the same time capturing the impermanence of what is in view.
On display are Darren Glass’ custom built, pinhole and slit cameras that recorded his infamous Frisbee series of fleeting mid-flight photographs, and intrepid images of active volcanoes, Mount Taranaki and Mount Ngauruhoe. Joyce Campbell is also known for her photographic studies of the land utilising traditional photographic processes. In Campbell’s new series she captures the living microsystems in and around the stream that runs through her family’s Waitakere property, on her dependable medium format Hasselblad and then prints the series using the traditional silver gelatin process in her darkroom. Lisa Benson’s practice extends darkroom processes into the gallery with her living light stained drawings that will continue to develop and change under the gallery lights.
Meanwhile Dane Mitchell enlists scientific microscopic technology periodically in his practice to reveal the unseen world. In the rheum series he puts his own body matter under the microscope. Adam Custins has a more experimental approach to image capturing, he deliberately choses to shoot on a chemically compromised batch of ‘instant’ film for his new series of landscapes of the Waitakere coastline. Taken from a more urban landscape is Layne Waerea’s on-going project the chasing fog club, in which the impossible act of catching fog is taken from the public space and shared onto social media space.
Kathryn Tsui (Curator) May 2015
Corban Estate Arts Centre
With special thanks to the artists and Anna Miles Gallery, Two Rooms, Hopkinson Mossman and Antoinette Godkin.