The upcoming exhibition of Australian photographer Marian Drew explores the paradox between still life, natural forms and playfulness.
Still lives have an interesting notion about liveliness. However you play with their forms, colours, and compositions, your subjects just lie there with absolute tranquility. Yet in the middle of the void, something – perhaps their forms, colours or simply the entire compositions – are evoking vigour. An invisible but prevailing force that arouses wonder: what exactly is a living thing made of?
These perhaps are some questions worth pondering when you meet Drew’s work at her upcoming exhibition FRESH.
The Australian photographic artist reckons her work serves as a reminder of the fragility of life and the impact that man has on our natural environment. Her photographs have many layers of meanings and references, most obviously 18th-century still life paintings and the Vanitas of the 16th Century. Her work raises uncomfortable questions about contemporary relationships to animals and how we inherit and adapt cultural ideas.
FRESH by Marian Drew
July 2, 2014 – August 30, 2014
amelia johnson contemporary
G/F, 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong