HOLOGRAMS FROM THE JONATHAN ROSS COLLECTION
February 1st-15th, 2005
Private view Thursday 10th February, 6.30 - 8.30
The Jonathan Ross Hologram Collection, created over the past twenty five years, contains a wide variety of work by artists and technicians from around the world. The collection and archive are normally viewed by appointment but occasional exhibitions allow visitors to view a selection of holograms in gallery surroundings - a regrettably rare experience in England these days.
This exhibition, the first for two years, comprises holograms made in the UK and USA from 1981 to 2001 - mostly the late 1980s and early 90s - and demonstrates the versatility of the medium with examples of Portraiture, Still Life, Abstraction and even Landscape works.
Margaret Benyons The Artist Richard Hamilton, a collaborative piece reworking a 1970s image of Hamiltons, displays subtle skin tones not normally associated with holographic portraits. Her Painted Stephan combines a reduced image portrait hologram with a gouache painting; the viewer can move from one medium to another by shifting their position and, in addition, the painting can be seen from around the room while the hologram is only visible at close quarters and provides a more intimate encounter.
Martin Richardson is represented with two large format pulse laser compositions: Frenzy an homage to Hitchcock wonderfully illustrates, in its recording of ripped fabric, the capacity holography has to render fine detail. Freedom is a Word a multiple exposure image combining a caged female figure with a flying dove also reveals, on closer inspection, water droplets frozen in space by the millisecond exposure.
David Pizzanellis Dorothea, Blue Moon Eclipse takes photographic images of a young woman and combines them in a holographic collage of brilliant intensity. His Naous juxtaposes images of a skull with animated, Warholesque, flowers to create a 20th century memento mori.
Harriet Casdin-Silvers Venus of Willendorf 91 is a modern take on the primitive fertility goddess, using stereogram and electroforming techniques to make a miniature masterpiece reminiscent of a Daguerreotype.
Still Life is perhaps what most people would expect of a hologram - a three-dimensional recording of a static object - and Caroline Palmers Buddha and Hans Bjelkhagens Russian Egg demonstrate to perfection how well holography accomplishes this task. Carolines monochrome work is exquisitely lit and composed, reproducing a work of great dignity in a unique way. Hanss full colour image, created with the aid of red, green and blue laser lines, is a state-of-the-art museum recording showing the huge potential in this area. Margaret Benyons Wrapped Flowers, a two-colour double exposure work, and John Kaufmans Weeping Stone, also a two colour image, use emulsion swelling techniques to add mystery and beauty to what are essentially still life compositions.
Holographic Abstraction can be found in Inaki Beguiristains kinetic Remnant, Caroline Palmers Bridget Riley-like Elevator, and Jon Mittons Testosterone (though the latter is actually derived from multiple exposures of a womans body in a printed catsuit). Susan Cowless The House of Moons has the subtitle A Stage for the Chymical Theatre and could be taken as an abstract work or interpreted as a 3-dimensional maquette of a stage-set awaiting the arrival of some mystic protagonists.
Ken Harriss Lightman portrays a human sihouette illuminated by a radiant kaleidoscope of light in a way that would make a stained-glass artist weep with envy.
By contrast, Andrew Peppers Square Eclipse is a far more restrained and subtle exploration of the unique language of holography. It is the recording of a shadow. That shadow casts its own shadow, which in turn is 'liberated' from the surface and exists between the viewer and the glass of the hologram. The shadow eclipses itself as the viewer moves around in front of the piece.
Patrick Boyds work is rare in the way that it takes holography out of the confines of the studio and uses a photographic intermediary (a camera and motordrive) to capture sequences of life in the outside world : Twin Towers and Jackson Makes it to Manhattan, both containing scenes of a cityscape which would be irrevocably changed by the events of 9/11, are the lighthearted observations of an Englishman in New York in 1990. He juxtaposes the holograms with photographic stills in a box frame, at once extending the viewability of the piece and its visual language. Boyds Beano uses multiple exposures with misregistered colour to replicate the printing technique of the evergreen British comic in a holographic fashion shoot done during his Royal College Days. Dean Randazzo also uses photographic imagery in Remnant - in his case old home movies and family snaps: a bride and an archetypal American bungalow - to create a dreamlike, barely recognisable montage, displayed as a double sided transmission hologram in an elegantly sculptural
Display Holography, as opposed to the ubiquitous use of holograms in security printing and packaging, has been a fairly low-profile activity in recent years, but I detect some signs of a resurgence of interest, both from a younger generation curious to explore its potential and examine its history and from holographers who have been otherwise occupied for a while and are now returning their attention to the medium that captivated them in the past.
I hope this small exhibition serves as a reminder of some of the unique things that holography can do or, for those who havent encountered it before, as a stimulating introduction.
|View list of the 22 works in the exhibition with links to information and images from each of the exhibitors.|
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