PHOTO LONDON 2017
Rubber Factory is pleased to present an exploration of singular photographic works challenging the notion of photograph as reproducible through Alex Kwok’s “Light Inflection” and Moira McDonald’s “Pacifica” at PHOTO LONDON 2017.
Moira McDonald places her darkroom trays out overnight to collect small puddles of the clouds to dip her silver papers in. They were then exposed on an overcast day until the fog was either absorbed by the paper or evaporated back into the atmosphere. These photographs are traces of automated nature, of collecting and letting go, of natural breath, of process and of intervention, participation and engagement within the landscape.
In “Light Inflection”, Alex Kwok mimics this cyclical, self referential exploration of the photographic medium except here the fluid, digital future is the counterpoint to Moira’s indexical, analog past. In the simplest sense, these elusive photographs by Alex Kwok explore the rendering of light within the photographic process and the way our brains process this visual information. Kwok begins by photographing a white backdrop with a number of lights equipped with specific color balancing filters, to create a gradient representing the human visible light spectrum in terms of color temperature. These photographs of light are also printed as if they are shadows, further accentuated by its sculptural element. The resulting overall effect blurs the line between image and object. Further, Kwok avoids describing works such as these as abstract since they render a complex and meticulous process concrete. The deferred process of recognition elicits creates uncertainty in our definition of what a photograph can be.
PHOTO LONDON 2017
SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON
18-21 MAY 2017 | PREVIEW DAY 17 MAY