Photography is dying but is more alive than ever. Social media platforms and phone technology overwhelm modern life with photographic images in both public and private environments. Six Western Australian artists take us on a journey through the lens that examines the tension between saturation and expression in contemporary photography at The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.
New Photography examines various ways of experiencing the world, through images that are born digitally, made with lenses in the studio or the real world, and presented as still or moving pictures. “I wanted to continue the debate about and around photography within the landscape of contemporary art practice,” says curator Chelsea Hopper. “Photography’s distinctive value lies more in its humble documentary function, its intimate examination and commemoration of everyday life, than it does in its obsolete technology.”
New Photography includes ambitious new work from six WA-based artists: Next Wave 2016 alumni Dan McCabe, Jacqueline Ball, Scott Burton, Lucy Griggs, Lydia Trethewey and Georgia Kaw. Exploring the margins of photography, the exhibition presents different forms that the photographic image can take – from cyanotypes, photorealistic painting, framed prints, smartphone photos, stop animation or photographic sculpture.
The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery’s annual HERE&NOW exhibition gives an emerging curator the opportunity to showcase the outstanding work of contemporary artists practising in WA.
“HERE&NOW presents an overview of the most exciting and innovative new work by early career artists working in Western Australia. Each year we survey what makes Western Australia so alive and vibrant by focusing on a group of local artists working at the cutting edge of contemporary visual arts practice. This year curator Chelsea Hopper is showcasing a new generation of artists responding to the impact of photography in shaping our vision of the world,” says UWA’s Chief Cultural Officer Professor Ted Snell.