Hiding and revealing, revealing and hiding. This group show seeks to uncover what is normally unseen, while also obscuring what is already known –both of the world around us and of the artist(s) them self. And the camera –by squeezing the universe into a tiny rectangular viewfinder and impressing it onto a layer of silver suspended in gelatine –is the perfect tool to expose, to confess and to mask and suppress. Each wall of analogue-based photographs is dedicated to a different aspect of the practice and mind of the artist(s). From geometric abstracts, luminous studies of skin, and ominous waterfalls, to Rothko-like negative off-cuts and Absurdist cabbage leaves, and on to enlarged microscopic fungi, vastly minuscule horizons, truthful fictions, and hair-razing portraits, these diverse and seemingly non-sequitur walls are bound and bonded by this very idea of hiding and revealing, revealing and hiding. While hiding in plain sight there will also be a place to sit and read some zines and photo books, opportunities –through out the duration of the exhibition –to help the artist(s) make some of the art not yet hanging on the walls, and to ‘purchase’ some the art not through the archaic form of cash, cards, and bloody phones but through cheeky, creative, and competitive bargaining.
Xander is an emerging photographic artist currently based in Melbourne. After becoming disillusioned with the parochial and unimaginative nature of academic philosophy, he initially turned to analogue photography as a way to retain some vague sense of sanity while writing his thesis. After making the switch from ink to silver halides and released from the restrictions of the written word, he fell in love with photography and the chance to explore philosophical questions with a visual language instead. He almost exclusively experiments within the analogue and ‘slow’ photographic traditions, seeking to push the boundaries of what a photograph is and can be in the post-digital age, by letting his mind run wild jumping from one idea to the next.