JOHN DI STEFANO
Silver gelatin print mounted on aluminum (unique photograms). Series of 7 unique prints. 1380 mm X 1070 mm X 30mm (each)
FIELD is a photographic project consisting of a series of large-scale photograms which explore the materiality of analogue photography and its relation to notions of visual and bodily perception. Each photogram is a unique, handmade photographic print painstakingly composed by the artist. Small circular objects of various sizes are placed directly onto photosensitive paper and then exposed to light so that a direct trace of the object is imprinted onto the photo paper. Each print's unique abstract composition stresses the indexical nature of analogue photographic materials and processes. In addition to being clearly composed and constructed images, made up of discernable elements, the photograms also manage to evoke and conjure up abstract spaces and imagery. FIELD negotiates the fine line between the abstract and the figurative, as it seeks to engage with materiality and perception of light.
FIELD is part of the LUX PROJECT, a series of ‘cameraless photographic’ explorations that challenge the veracity of the photographic image. Relying on the indexical characteristics of photographic analogue processes, these works attempts to create images that remain faithful to the indexical and ‘documentary’ qualities of the photographic, and simultaneously create images that verge on abstraction. These works seek to engage the relationship between the materiality of analogue photography and perceptions of light as an expression of time.
William Wright Artist Projects (Sydney)
Folonomo Gallery (Sydney)
Installation view: William Wright Artist Project (Sydney, Australia)
FIELD I - IV 
FIELD VII  - detail