The discipline of photography is constantly evolving and in greenroom’s new exhibition, Angle of Refraction we are taken to see exciting advances that push this art form to new extremes. Blank Media Collective are curating this exhibition to showcase the work of Gareth Hacking and Mark Devereux who create captivating and unique images using light and photography to produce abstract, painterly images.
Both artists create fascinating photographs which challenge the viewers perception. These images are shrouded with mystique, as the techniques are ambiguous to the spectator. On reflection both artists explore elements in their work, which are both spontaneous and controlled, making each piece an original that can never be replicated.
Gareth Hacking’s work comes from his ongoing series, The Colour of Light where he explores notions of process, repetition and movement to create images of beauty. Chance and interpretation are key concerns for Hacking as he puts his trust in his knowledge of light and the intrigue of the viewer. He describes this current work influenced more by ‘accident than design’ where he captures random processes of light waves.
“Using slow-shutter speeds and manipulation of the camera, I create abstract pieces of pure colour – the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Every image captured is unique and unrepeatable.” (Gareth Hacking)
In Mark Devereux’s new work, 36ACT the artist returns to his collection Alchemy (2004-10). Using imagery created in the early stages of this project, Devereux uses the technique of mark-making to both alter and develop works that explore notions of the sublime, cosmology and alchemy itself.
“My work explores the collision and cohesion between the boundaries of fine art, paint and photography. Taking inspiration from what we see around us and images from the media, the interpretation of my work becomes personal and discursive allowing interactions and engagement.” (Mark Devereux)
In reference to Deveveux’s practice he is acutely aware of his practice as being a combination of the technical procedures of photography and the conceptual influences of fine art. This creates tension in his work as he is challenging people’s preconceptions of the artist and photographer.
Angle of Refraction is the preceding exhibition to the official launch of BMC @ greenroom Exhibition Programme.
Angle of Refraction opens at greenroom, Manchester on Wednesday 4 August with the Public Preview and chance to meet the artists on Thursday 5 August (6-9pm). The exhibition continues until Saturday 4 September. For further information about Angle of Refraction please visit www.blankmediacollective.org/angleofrefraction
Blank Media Collective
Gareth Hacking is an artist and freelance photographer living and working in Manchester. Since graduation from Staffordshire University with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, he has exhibited in galleries around Wales and the North West.
Mark Devereux is a Manchester-based artist and curator. Since graduating from BA (Hons) Photography and MA Fine Art at Staffordshire University he has been involved in a number of successful exhibitions around the country.
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Established in 1983 to develop and present local, national and international performance, greenroom is situated in two converted Victorian railway arches beneath Oxford Road railway station. Facilities include a fully resourced black-box style theatre seating up to 200, a studio style rehearsal room, exhibition facilities, a café/bar and offices.
Thursday 5 August 2010 18:00 – 21:00
Wednesday 4 August – Saturday 4 September 2010
Box Office Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
Bar Wednesday – Friday: 17:00 – Late & Saturday: 18:00 – Late
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