Voices and Echoes: recent work by Peter Peryer is on (and on-line) from April 2-30 at the McNamara Gallery. I shall refrain from reproducing images here but go take a look. That ice cream cone is just disturbing while the Black Swan is an image from my childhood. Also the picture of Dunedin’s First Church looks nothing like New Zealand and kind of sinister, a really startling viewpoint! eyeContact has more opinions (apologies for covering the same ground).
I said here a while back that photography captures a moment and I’ve realised this is true of staged photos as well as ‘snaps’. Even if you staged the same thing again and again, the image would be different in some way.
Over the net mentioned the Art + Object catalogue today and I agree they are wonderful things. I get my fix on the freely available on-line .pdf though. I do wonder about the copyright issues. Why can an auction house get consent for a published catalogue of items up for sale, when galleries don’t make many images available promotion of exhibitions or from their collections? Do the auction houses pay? Are the artists (estates) just happy the items are selling? Can someone enlighten me about the laws in play here?
I’ve also been wondering a lot about curators and the whole ‘curatorial experience’ and how exhibition or shows come into being and whether there is really a direct link at all (there must be?). I was talking to someone briefly the other day who knows about such things and they said “I’ve always thought a show of XXX at YYY would be a great idea“. I expanded the idea a little and have a concept in mind that might fly, so now…..I guess like many good ideas that’s the end of it. I’ve heard the same story about various projects lately – maybe some of them will come to fruition?