Works on paper

City 2008

Viewers were invited to relate the experience of the installation to circumambulating a religious monument such as a stupa or pagoda, typically covered in small images.  

 

There were two rows of images.  The upper row were printed on polyurethane banner, hung a few centimetres out from the wall so that the colours printed on their reverse sides reflected off the wall.  Both this sequence and the lower image sequence are based on the colour sequence blue, white, red, green, yellow.   This colour sequence is the one familiar from Tibetan prayer flags. It relates to a concept of fundamental natural elements that can be traced to Indian and Greek ideas current in the time of Alexander's invasion and the beginnings of Buddhism.  In the context of this installation, the colour sequence establishes a concept of an underlying natural order of things.

 

The images in the top row, shot on a plastic Lomo camera, focus on the clutter of competing primary colours in a suburban shopping strip.

 

The main subjects of the lower sequence of images are the plastic mesh screen around building sites, which happens to come in these five colours, and the sites themselves. The images project a view of the city as a place of continual demolition and construction and include insects and plants that pursue parallel existences in the same places.

 

Giclee prints on polyurethane banner 19 x 17 cm, printed with solid colour on reverse.  Giclee prints on photo rag paper 50 cm high, various widths.