Landscape painting

Garnons-Williams, Victoria (2005) Landscape painting. [Visual Artwork]


The images in this exhibition were based on questioning relationships between the histories of painting and photography, which helped to establish the indexical references that became both photography’s most powerful attribute and most subtle illusion. Debates over the objectivity or subjectivity of the photograph and the uneasy relationship between painting and photography, as played out in the history of art, have been brought into sharp relief with the contemporary proliferation of digital images. The digital realm of photography gives rise to a general and relative skepticism of verity, but it can be argued that to artist/photographers, this representational malleability is precisely what their purpose becomes.

In researching current issues of the indexical in photographic practice, landscape provides a potent vehicle for exploring issues of representation and illusion, the nexus of painting and photography, and the digital realm. One of contemporary photography’s most resonant themes is a return to pictorial subjects and methods, including a renewed interest in floribunda, still life and landscape. The resulting deconstruction and reconstruction of landscape ‘painting’ in this body of work- the monochrome, linear abstraction, painterly representationalsism and pictorialist detail is presented as a perceptual, aesthetic and digital act. The exhibition incorporates landscape painting’s simplicity and complexity, photography’s significance of representation and minimalist aesthetics in an over-mediated world.

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ID Code: 91332
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Material: Photographs
Measurements or Duration: Dimensions 0.25 to 4.5 metres
Number of Pieces: 15
Published Source: Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane
Publisher: Queensland Centre for Photography
Location: From date: To date:
Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane 2005-11-26 2005-12-18
Keywords: Landscape Painting, Photography
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2015 23:04
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2015 23:04

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