Opening event Friday October 5, from 6.00pm
Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland
Corson-Scott produces haunting images within a global conceptual discourse, that draw our attention to the international structures that facilitate wealth extraction from individual countries’ natural resources, and the ways in which these give rise to cycles of development and decay. The photographs ask us to pay attention to the future of the planet. The quest for sustainable development in the 21st century will not, the artist argues, bypass these structures.
His extended expeditions have yielded images remarkable for their unsettling juxtapositions of historic industry within the reclaiming natural world, the remnants of industrial behemoths on which the prosperity of New Zealand was formed. In photographing sites now decayed and largely forgotten but uncovered by his diligent research, Corson-Scott captures the past before it disappears entirely. The artist utilises the old analogue technology of film and 8×10 camera, capturing light and detail in ways impossible to achieve with digital technology. Reminding us of our collective dependence upon the natural world, the artist’s understanding of patterns of human behaviour is mirrored by his sensitive capture of light, which remains the equivalent subject in his highly pertinent images of historical sites.
Image: Chris Corson-Scott, 1Limeworks, Takaka Hills (Looking Towards Abel Tasman), 2017
Trish Clark Gallery
Date(s) - 05/10/2018 - 10/11/2018