PENELOPE DAVIS, STEPHEN HALEY & JOYCE KOHL
This three-artist exhibition will feature the works of Joyce Kohl, Penelope Davis and Stephen Haley.
The wall-mounted sculptures of Southern Californian artist Joyce Kohl are combined structures created with steel found objects bound with stabilized adobe. The configurations imply artifacts of ambiguous usage and time. The adobe softens the steel, giving reference to primitive architecture and earth. Kohl is a recipient of the Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships and is a Professor of Art at California State University in Bakersfield, where she teaches sculpture and ceramics.
Melbourne-based Australian artist Penelope Davis creates photographic images without the use of a camera. She starts the proces by producing transparencies by moulding and casting objects in clear resin. The transparencies are then placed on photographic paper and exposed to coloured light to create ‘photograms’. The final images are not simple photographs but a record of the creative process - a chain of transformations and inversions - that creates the trace of an object many steps removed from its origin. These analogue photographic procedures result in an image that belies a simple conception of photography as a direct, indexical reference, and play with some of the procedures and assumptions central to photographic practice.
The works of another Australian artist Stephen Haley deal with the themes of a world surrounded by representations, photographs, texts, and images – where real space is increasingly modelled on virtual space and our sense of reality is vanishing into simulation. Haley employ 3D modelling software to create paintings prints (virtual photographs) and projected, large-scale animation/installations (projected spaces). Fabricated within the virtual world, these works employ the illusory space of photography and cinema but are deliberately un-naturalistic. Included in this exhibit are two projected spaces – GameOverGame and MirrorLand – both infinite digital loops intended to repeat just 3 times each.