Illusions and Allusions
Curated by Louise Klerks
Join us as we celebrate the official opening of Missing Persons with Illusions and Allusions, an exhibition curated by Louise Klerks, featuring Consuelo Cavaniglia, Danica Chappell, Guy Grabowsky and Ben Sexton.
Friday, 29 June from 6:00–8:00pm.
Missing Persons is excited to announce its inaugural exhibition which brings together works that respond to the visual noise of urban spaces.
The exhibiting artists explore the possibilities of image-making through experimental and analogue photography, and acrylic and glass sculptural forms. By inserting themselves and/or the viewer into the works, they invite the viewer to engage with a variety of surfaces.
Representations of space, architecture and the artists own mark-making become apparent through darkroom processes, transference and tricks of the eye.
Consuelo Cavaniglia is a Sydney based artist well known for her large-scale, wall-based and freestanding works. Using materials such as tinted mirror and coloured acrylic, she creates deeply reflective pieces that combine fragmented geometric planes to distort the viewer’s perception of space. In these works the viewer is an active participant; the work is awakened through observation.
Chappell, Grabowsky and Sexton work in the darkroom with analogue and experimental photography.
Danica Chappell has a haptic approach to making. She uses her body as a measuring stick, feeling her way through lengthy and timed photographic processes in the darkroom. Eschewing the camera, Chappell instead manipulates found objects and light to create laborious, complex photographic images that can be scaled to meet the full potential of specific sites. Objects discarded but reclaimed by the artist undertake a transformative process in the darkroom finding new shape as abstract compositions.
Guy Grabowsky is concerned with how he can leave a trace of himself in his images. He manipulates works in the darkroom and scratches the physical surface of his photographs. His consideration of visual texture and its consumption plays an important role. As a photographer dissecting the image as conceptual ground, and interrogating the physical manifestation of photography and its rich history, Grabowsky explores the way that space is represented and re-represented in a predominantly digital era.
Ben Sexton’s (né Lichtenstein) work is as much a comment about artistic expression as it is about capturing what it is we see in photographic form. In the darkroom, Sexton uses exposures of light to overlay images with experimental drawing and painting techniques. Sexton’s acute observations of his surroundings is present in his pictures. His interest lies in everyday experiences, his works featuring the energy of Melbourne streets and containing sweet memories that could be your own – adoration for your wife or a love of football.
Dates: 30 June until 22 July. Attend on Facebook
Hours: Thursday to Sunday 12–6pm