Opening event Thursday August 16, from 6.00pm
Two Rooms, Auckland
Things are made strange in Greta Anderson’s photographs, isolated on a pitch-dark background: it is the black of the darkroom and the photographer’s studio, the black of night and the field of dreams. Anderson’s objects appear to float within these inner and outer spaces, emerging from nothingness and in to the light. Their surrounding context removed, her still lives take on iconic, mystical or surrealist qualities, cushioned in still, inky oblivion. Many of the hoarded objects reframed here may have been designed or destined to be discarded. The inexpensive, often disposable plastic objects which feature in No Hoarding speak to the tension between the innovations of the oil-based economies which have enabled their production and their corresponding impact on our precarious ecological systems. Anderson sees these petrochemical plastics as potential artefacts of the future, imagining a time when they are no longer such a dominant, high risk material. In their new imagined role, Anderson casts this curated selection of things as ambivalent artefacts of the plastic age within a future museum – miniature monuments to human hubris. And yet, Anderson’s elegantly printed and framed photographs also represent collectables capable of entering one’s own hoardings.
Image: Greta Anderson, No Hoarding – Cross, 2018
Date(s) - 16/08/2018 - 15/09/2018