Antipodean emanations: cameraless photographs from Australia and New Zealand

Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)’s exhibition, Antipodean emanations: cameraless photographs from Australia and New Zealand, will bring together Australian and New Zealand artists who push boundaries through experimentation. They unearth the elemental properties of photographic practice by exploring the art of cameraless photography from a new perspective with 80 cameraless photographs.

  Katthy Cavaliere, Study for ‘Untitled home’ 2, 2007, gelatin silver print, 39.5x33.5cm, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection   

Katthy Cavaliere, Study for ‘Untitled home’ 2, 2007, gelatin silver print, 39.5x33.5cm, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
 

This exhibition has been made possible through a partnership between MGA and New Zealand’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. In 2016, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery explored the international history of cameraless photography through its exhibition Emanations: the art of the cameraless photograph, which was curated by renowned photography historian Geoffrey Batchen.

  Danica Chappell, Fermata #14, 2016, from the series Fermata, tintypes, 111.0x78.1cm, courtesy of the artist

Danica Chappell, Fermata #14, 2016, from the series Fermata, tintypes, 111.0x78.1cm, courtesy of the artist

Using this exhibition as a springboard, MGA continues the conversation. “This exhibition provides opportunities for audiences to engage with the nature of photography through a variety of cameraless processes, including prints created through direct contact between the subject matter and a light-sensitive surface, as well as experiments with photocopiers and digital scanners”.

  Max Dupain, Untitled (fragments), c. 1930s, gelatin silver print, 50.6x40.4cm, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

Max Dupain, Untitled (fragments), c. 1930s, gelatin silver print, 50.6x40.4cm, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

The exhibition will showcase cameraless photographic works from MGA’s collection and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery alongside loans from major institutions including Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales and National Gallery of Australia, as well as works directly from practicing artists.

  Chantal Faust, Waiting, 2007, from the series Milk, chromogenic print, 49.8x36.2cm, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

Chantal Faust, Waiting, 2007, from the series Milk, chromogenic print, 49.8x36.2cm, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

  Len Lye, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1947, gelatin silver print, 42.9x35.9cm, Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett Brewster Art Gallery

Len Lye, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1947, gelatin silver print, 42.9x35.9cm, Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett Brewster Art Gallery

Artists include 20th-century luminaries such as Max Dupain and Len Lye, as well as contemporary artists such as Danica Chappell, Gavin Hipkins, Anne Noble and Justine Varga.

  Robert Owen, Endings (Rothko died today) – Kodachrome 64, No. 21, 26/02/1970, 2009, from the series Endings, pigment ink-jet print, 80.0x52cm, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection, courtesy of the artist and Arc One Gallery (Melbourne)   

Robert Owen, Endings (Rothko died today) – Kodachrome 64, No. 21, 26/02/1970, 2009, from the series Endings, pigment ink-jet print, 80.0x52cm, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection, courtesy of the artist and Arc One Gallery (Melbourne)
 

  Susan Purdy, Flip, 1999, from the series Love Letters, gelatin silver print with ink, 66.0x44.0cm, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

Susan Purdy, Flip, 1999, from the series Love Letters, gelatin silver print with ink, 66.0x44.0cm, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

  Justine Varga, Ripe, 2016, from the series Memoire, chromogenic print, 113.5x80.0cm, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection, courtesy of the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery (Adelaide)

Justine Varga, Ripe, 2016, from the series Memoire, chromogenic print, 113.5x80.0cm, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection, courtesy of the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery (Adelaide)

Stella Loftus-Hills, MGA curator, comments, “The artists in this exhibition explore photography’s essential properties, experimenting with light and time to create artworks that are expressive, poetic, and often abstract in form.”

Antipodean emanations: cameraless photographs from Australia and New Zealand runs from March 10–May 27. To find out more, visit mga.org.au.