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Flatlands: photography and everyday space

Art Gallery of New South Wales

13 Sep 2012 – 3 Feb 2013

This exhibition examines photography’s role in transforming the way we perceive the world of the everyday. The 39 works by 23 Australian and international artists have been drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection of 20th century and contemporary photography.

‘The edges between sacred and profane, public and private, natural and artificial, real and dreamed environments became further entangled in the subjective visions of late 20th century and contemporary photographic work. For Daido Moriyama, Fiona Hall, Pat Brassington, Simryn Gill, Christine Godden, Geoff Kleem, Leonie Reisberg, Ingeborg Tyssen, David Stephenson and Justine Varga, space is seen to be a product of the perception of the individual. Photographs are able to reveal realms outside of the scientific – that is, those created by emotion, memory and desire.’

 

Light Touch: Photographs by Christine Godden

Gallery East, 21 Burnie Street, Clovelly NSW 2031

12 – 26 May 2011

Photography is the most ‘hands-off’ medium, calculating and mechanical, but the artist here is concerned with things that invite, that almost cry out for the sense of touch. By taking touch as the subject of a medium that denies us the ability to satisfy that sense, the artist makes us more than ever aware, and hungry for tactility.

 

Timelines: Photography + Time

NGV International, Melbourne 7 May – 3 October 2010

Time is a slippery notion. It is everywhere and always moving but this powerful regulating force cannot be seen. It is only apparent in context: in the changing seasons, in another wrinkle on our faces, in the growth of children. Photography has a unique role to play in our sometimes poignant sense of time passing. The camera’s ability to depict ‘a moment in time’ – to stop the clock for a brief moment – gives photographs a unique capacity to direct our consideration towards the mechanics and poetics of this pervasive and mysterious cosmic force. In this exhibition one aspect of time is considered from a photographic perspective: namely, human life. Works have been selected from the permanent collection both by International and Australian photographers that show an interest in some aspect of lifecycles. Arranged, in part, in a ‘timeline’, these works provoke our understanding of the mediums capacity to suggest the concept of time in ways that may be surprising, moving or even confronting. The exhibition also looks at how photographers have extended a sense of time and duration through images that work in series. Photographers include: Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Bill Brandt, Ruth Maddison, Rod McNicol, Rosemary Laing and Christine Godden.

 

Long Distance Vision: Three Australian Photographers

National Gallery of Victoria 22 August 2009 – 7 February 2010

The exhibition examines the idea of the ‘tourist gaze’ and its relationship with three Australian photographers. The exhibition, which is drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, considers the work of Christine Godden, Max Pam and Matthew Sleeth, who have photographed not only aspects of the everyday at home but venture forth with the delighted, but not uncritical, eyes of the traveller.

 

Light Touch: Photographs by Christine Godden

Araluen Arts Centre 13 June – 2 August 2009

Photography is the most ‘hands-off’ medium, calculating and mechanical, but the artist here is concerned with things that invite, that almost cry out for the sense of touch. By taking touch as the subject of a medium that denies us the ability to satisfy that sense, the artist makes us more than ever aware, and hungry for tactility.