David van Royen: Good Reason + Not Moving
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|Fri 10 Sep ’10, 11:00am–3:00pm||
|Sat 11 Sep ’10, 11:00am–3:00pm||
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|Fri 24 Sep ’10, 11:00am–3:00pm||
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Where: McNamara Gallery Photography, 190 Wicksteed Street, Whanganui
Restrictions: All Ages
- Admission: Free
Event listed by: 190wic
Good Reason (2008):
A photographic series looking at the role/effect public portraits may play in our everyday life and the pressure these images (being “normal” and perfect people) place on our understanding of happiness.
The pieces display portraits that have been sourced in public spaces like a bus stop. Each image goes through a process of removing its text to leave only the image or “photograph” rather than the advertisement.
In the photographs we see the contrast between the surrounding world (reality) and that of the constructed image/portrait of love, happiness, fashion, youth, travel, money and sex. “As I move through my everyday how much of the images I see good reason or just constructed happiness to play on my mind and desires?”
Not Moving (2010):
“Not Moving” is the exploration of self portraiture using photography to display no movement (a still frame). This photographic series examines becoming older by exploring that feeling that your “persona” or “inner picture” somehow remains the same inside your body during your life of change.
“We have our own self portrait inside our minds that does not move like a photograph”, our lives are not necessarily getting longer but rather we want to stay the same to when we took that portrait of ourselves.
Like so many self-portraits from artists that examine mortality, this series concentrates on the environment around the subject (me), as well as my own state within that particular place displayed. The portraits of me therefore don’t focus on my facial identity as such but rather on a person not moving in their space. What this makes clear in the photographs and highlights are the objects, things, places and body of the subject (I am getting older each day but still feel that I’m at the beginning of my exploration of life rather than the middle because of my own self-portrait that exists in my mind’s eye).
These photographic images display ideas that circle around in my life without relying on the traditional “Returned stare” that dominates the genre of self portraiture. Therefore the window to my soul/persona is the photographic frame rather than my eyes. In these images the “Release Cable” from the camera represents the physical action of taking the photograph, therefore symbolizing that I am attempting to “Refresh” the internal photograph of myself.