Ikonography Group Show
Until 12th August 2006
Any avid photography lovers in Liverpool should have acquainted themselves
now, but for those yet to have the pleasure, it is a brand new studio
and gallery based in Mathew Street. Its latest exhibition - Cut and Paste
- demonstrates how the onset of digital technology has dramatically changed
the way some photographers and artists work within the discipline.
With huge prints of Jon D. Nash’s work adorning much of the wall
space, the space has never looked so good. A rich variety of subject matter
features in his photographs, from Anthony Gormley’s statues on Crosby
beach to resplendent cityscapes. Through the manipulation of light and
exposure, Nash presents us with a unique and dazzling interpretation of
the city we live in. Several of the images are ambiguous masses of intertwining
hues, whilst others are presented in stark detail.
It is clear that Nash has a fondness for conveying movement in his photographs.
Harnessing the power of artificial light, he manages to produce rich tapestries
from something as banal as a drive around the block. Utilising reflections
is another of his strong points. Everything from wing mirrors to pond
surfaces is put to aesthetic use.
The artist’s proficiency extends far beyond shot composition. His
outlandish hand drawn cityscapes prove he is equally skilful when it comes
to traditional forms of art. These pieces were later manipulated in Photoshop
to present the viewer with a number of different interpretations of the
Cut and Paste is almost a career retrospective for Nash. A substantial
volume of his early work - previously exhibited in Derby and Manchester
- is also on display. An array of smaller photographs is prominently placed
in the centre of the room and a number of well compiled books featuring
samples of his work is also shown.
The exhibition also features digital photography by Robert Carter, Terry
Sayers, Barry Cheung and Rob McGrory.