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EDWARDS + JOHANN: EVENTS GROWING from the EDGE of SPACES
May 30 - July 9
Edwards + Johann, On the Seam of Things – Constellations #4, 2015. Drawing on C-type photograph, Diptych.
Photography Gallery, AV Gallery and Master Bedroom
The exhibition EVENTS GROWING from the EDGE of SPACES presents recent works by the artist duo EDWARDS + JOHANN.
The series On the Seam of Things – Constellations and Constellations – drawing strength record the gradual process of drawing, part of the work’s becoming; a probing and mapping of new territory. Drawing acts like an obsessive caress on the photographic surface, finding form and meaning as motif for the tensions and dichotomies inherent in life. This territory reflects a basic human condition …to connect, work, play and test the space we inhabit to deal with crises and to grow. The seam is a point of connection but also a space of friction, tension and inevitable fragility. The series An Embezzlement of Sort is a dark, yet playful space of human propositions to ‘unknown’ events.
Edwards + Johann’s collaborative work interweaves drawing, painting, performative activities, video and installation with photography. Their images seem both inherently stable yet also subject to temporality. They present a ground in which sensitivities and questions of existence can be played out. Utilising a range of media and methods in their work, their collaborative approach is a process based research lab. Sole authorship becomes obsolete in the process of making new work and in any of their projects/exhibitions.
“Immersing ourselves elsewhere holds great significance for the way we work together. Looking for the other, gaps, the unknown – the chance encounter, the unexpected experience, poetry and/or cultural debris can provoke…and provide material for investigation. Objects become characters and characters become players. We embrace the unexpected, culturally different as a means to look at ourselves – differently again”.
This exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.