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UMBRA [2017]

Three unique photograms – silver gelatin prints. 330 X 150 cm (110 X 150 cm each) Edition: 1


UMBRA consists of unique, large-scale photograms in which various matrices are printed onto photosensitive paper. The fusion of these matrices creates misalignments, or moirées –a common unwanted residue of digital and print imagery, when pixelation or banding misregisters. The moiré phenomenon embodies the schism between what is described and what is ultimately experienced. The notion of interference and failure are key considerations in this work, which attempts to also engage with the materiality of indexical media. This work examines this space of collision between what one is meant to see and what emerges from an image when one identifies the image’s fissures. The enigmatic visual spaces that emerge in this process—exemplified in the moirés—speaks to the plasticity of perception, but also models the dynamism of the physical world. This work attempt to identify the border between abstraction and concrete, realistic representation; the optical illusion between high-resolution, documentary photography and ‘painterly’ aesthetics.

UMBRA is part of the LUX PROJECT, a series of ‘cameraless photographic’ explorations that challenge the veracity of the photographic image. 



SCA Galleries (Sydney)

Janelle Evans, Dot Dot, Dot. SCA Galleries, Sydney, 2017

Janelle Evans, “The symbolic meaning of the dot”. Art Guide Australia, 2017


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