A life of its own

This is not a tirade against a wise and witty, relatively well-known Novelist. It is instead a reflection on the free-wheeling, ever-evolving life of an artwork, experienced one afternoon in the shadows of my own personal interaction with said Novelist…   One day, quite unexpectedly, I found myself standing beside a relatively well-known Novelist. An elongated giant of a…

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Deconstructing Borders

  An art show entitled Deconstructing Borders can today no longer slink by unnoticed. Its very syntax is potent; thick and heavy with political, economic and moral significance. Regardless of whichever side one inhabits in this divisive, contemporary debate, the concept of the border is a loaded one. Two months into 2017 and it’s the buzzword…

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“I’m not much on rear window ethics”

Originally written for Open Eye Gallery, 08.05.2015 In 1884, The New York Times published a feature called The Camera Epidemic. New, portable cameras were bringing photographers out of their studios and into the city, and the journalist despaired at the “disease” trailing closely behind. Catching unsuspecting city-dwellers within its snare, the camera was an encroaching…

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The Art of Listening

When we step in front of a painting or when we stand at the base of a sculpture, our eyes take control of the show. Scanning the forms before us, they wander across lines, encounter combinations of colour and glance at the nearby wall text. The gallery is indebted to the act of seeing, visual perception…

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Daido Moriyama’s Slice of Sensory Overload

Originally appeared on Open Eye Gallery blog 24/01/2015 Beneath the glaring advertisements and high rise complexes, Daido Moriyama wanders through the hot, crowded streets of Tokyo, attempting to capture a slice of its sensory overload. One of Japan’s most influential contemporary photographers, Moriyama’s intimate connection with the city is strikingly clear. The intoxicating overstimulation is…

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Robert Heinecken, “Lessons In Posing Subjects” @ Open Eye Gallery

Originally appeared on Open Eye Gallery’s blog, 11.12.2014 Saunter through Robert Heinecken’s Lessons in Posing Subjects this December and you’re likely to find yourself, quite inadvertently, re-enacting some of the models’ poses. Hand resting on one hip or tucked inside pockets, perhaps you even brush your hair nonchalantly from your face. Harmlessly trivial motions, so we thought,…

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