STACKS presents two artists that explore the oscillating zone between the abstract and the realistic. Through a creative exploration of multiple realities, the artist’s in this show destabilise what we know photography to be. Photography is wrapped up in this bubble where we seem to think of it as an accurate representation of things, as something objective, a true description of reality or something permanent. But what happens when this image is not clear and full of ambiguity? How do we then approach the photographic image and what questions arise from this?
Clarity is the state of equilibrium between the subject and the object. The word “clarity,” etymologically and historically associated with light, suggests that to understand is to see and vice versa. However, perception can disrupt clarity causing unease and incongruity to emerge.
The images in The Poetics of Losing Clarity are neither representative nor entirely abstract, allowing the spectator a choice to participate in the creative role of the formation of the artwork. In these images there is an option for the viewer to see them as a realistic rendering or an abstract one, or both, or switching between the two. This tension between the two allows the viewer to become an active participant in the creation of the work. Photography can no longer be perceived as static, but instead as participatory, demanding the active participation of the viewer.
The Poetics of Losing Clarity is premised on exploring the relationship between matter and bodies entwined with the provocation of the mystery of life.
Joanne Makas, February 2019
Louise Allerton recently graduated with an MFA in Photo Media from the National Art School. This period of research and practice has consolidated her cultural immersion in the Western Desert with her own western background, resulting in an altered perspective. Her art practice is an extension of an alternative perception, and explores contexts, constructs and the fluidity of matter.
Ioulia Terizis is a multidisciplinary artist working in Sydney. Intersecting photographic, drawing and sculptural practices. Terizis seeks light, possibility and spatial propositions in dialogue with quantum and material inquiry, perceptual expansion and consciousness.She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, First Class Honours, from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.
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