APRIL AT VERGE GALLERY
OPENING APRIL 7, 6-8pm, CONTINUING TO APRIL 30
Gallery 1 :: Laura Moore :: Likeness
Gallery 2 :: Sach Catts, Francesca Heinz, Eloise Kirk, Mark Shorter, Ben Terakes :: Awkward Objects

PUBLIC PROGRAMS ::
Collective Club Art Crit :: April 16, 1-3pm



LIKENESS
Laura Moore

Likeness combines the traditional realms of studio portraiture and wet darkroom printing with modern smartphone camera technology. This collision of photographic histories and technologies strives to capture both the adolescent subjects and the medium of photography during a shared period of evolution.

As an artist, I am interested in the reasons we take photographs and the way we read them. My work addresses themes of identity and representation, examining both the abilities and the limitations of photography in order to question the way the photographic image is received and interpreted as meaning.

This work examines the nature of photography itself and experiments with the capacity of the photographic portrait to represent complex meanings about identity and human relationships.  The way we use and view photography is changing rapidly. This generation of teenagers is playing an important role in directing the future of photography through the adoption of new technologies. In turn, as these adolescents are beginning to assert their independence and form their own identities, photography is playing an ever more important role in the way those identities are established.

My brother (likeness #1) was born in 1999 and the first photographs of him were taken on a digital camera. He is of a generation whose lives have been documented by digital photography. This generation who are coming of age in a time when more photographs are being taken than ever before and the most common cameras are on our phones. A time when photographs are rarely printed but instead shared virtually. This is a generation whose identities are mediated and validated by photography.

I have captured these portraits on a smartphone then used the phone itself as a negative to make a tradition silver gelatin print with an enlarger. This enmeshment of photographic histories and technologies results in portraits that become more unclear and obscure the closer you get to them. From a distance the images look perfect but as you approach, the grid-like pixels of the phone screen become visible, making the image more difficult to perceive.


AWKWARD OBJECTS
Sach Catts, Francesca Heinz, Eloise Kirk, Mark Shorter and Ben Terakes

Awkward Objects offers five diverse practices presented through sculpture, multi-media installation and performance. Artists Sach Catts, Francesca Heinz, Eloise Kirk, Mark Shorter and Ben Terakes all employ sculpture as both an object and a verb. Each artist produces a dialectical space to ignite a theatrical interaction between the artwork and the viewer. The experience of these artists work is visceral and pre-verbal; objects are made to be viewed and experienced with and by the body.

This group of artists believe that artworks hold performative potential either in their materiality or employment as performance props. Humor, antagonism and danger pose possible threats. The viewer is implicated, willingly or otherwise, in the play of relationships and actions the work sets out. Each artist’s work eschews evangelism and yet exercises ambivalence toward concrete outcomes. Amongst these practices performance (present or implied) offers an experimental and indeterminate zone wherein ideas are worked out as one goes.