Ryan Ponsford: Ocean - Art Collector

Ryan Ponsford, untitled, 2016. Collodion wetplate, 30 x 30cm. Courtesy: the artist and MARS Gallery, Melbourne

Ocean is a series of wet plate collodion positives, depicting objects and remains that have washed up in the intertidal zone of the beaches of my adolescence. The series explores notions of time, memory and the concepts of performance and environmental encounter as artwork.

The wetplate process is the same as that used by photographers during the American Civil War and the series draws an analogy between the images of fallen soldiers taken by photographers during the tragic American Civil War and images of the oceans dead and the current environmental tragedy happening in our seas.

Ocean looks at the landscape. Not the perfect, idealised images of beauty that landscape is so commonly depicted as, but a kind of micro vignette, like a memory, created in the intertidal zone, a place of constant flux, a metaphor for change and time, something photography itself is inherently bound to.

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Thursday 14 April 2016
Exhibition closes: 14 May 2016
Location: MARS Gallery, 7 James Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Contact: 03 9521 7517
Email: andy@marsgallery.com.au

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