Opening Reception : Friday June 3rd 7pm – 11pm
Exhibition Dates: June 2nd – June 26th
Location: 184 Munro St
Dirtnap is a playfully dark nod to this death and rebirth of information as it is remembered. The show presents the viewer with haunted images of peoples’ pasts and images of those who once stood in front of a camera, many of which have died. The images range from the painterly sublime to the casual snapshot. Chad Gauthier and Greg McCarthy both find reference in photographic imagery to produce images based on memory and the role of the artists’ hand in creating these newer images.
Drawing reference from french new wave cinema, Gauthier’s work recreates these images from memory and printed reference material. These new paintings function as altered mnemonic devices that interrogate and rework the original act before the cinematic camera. These images seek to understand the cinematic event and the intention of the image after it has entered circulation. By rendering them as paintings the artist’s hand plays a role in the translation the photographic image into a more personal gesture. Using the vocabulary of the painterly gesture, the images are filtered through both Gauthier’s own experiences and speak to both the language of painting and abstraction.
McCarthy’s work uses the discarded archive of a lithographers union, from the early 30s to the late 50s as a starting point, The Distance Between a Handshake is an ongoing series that proposes an alternative method for the use of an archive. It questions the collective ownership of historical documents and the role of the archivists as a figure of authority. The pieces become redacted and altered in ways that subvert the original intentions of the photographer and create newer images through the destruction of themselves. Archival preservation practices are purposefully subverted with the intention that over time the interaction of the artist with the archive will inevitably cause damage to the original photographs leaving further traces of the intervention into the archive.