Aidan Mayne's work engages with themes of memory and time, through exploration of early 20th century found vernacular photographs. Delicate, nostalgic and romantic, the images take on a meditative quality, existing in a flux. The familiarity of the scenes, and fragility of the prints, allow the photographs to subsist, slighting conventions of time and reality, embracing a more transient, philosophical state, in which they become susceptible to subtle, lingering interactions with time. By working intimately with the photographs using traditional processes, the proscenium that separates the past from the present becomes visualised, and a screen ingrained with a deeper history of the image is alluded towards. The reinterpretations contravene traditional notions of simulacra, exploring the transcendental qualities of photographic objects.
Emily Clemson • Philip Curnow • Nicola Dellard-Lyle • Julia Dudkowiak • James Head • Beverley Isaac • Aidan Mayne • Kate Mercer • Jason Peck • Sue Anne Phelan • Matt Simmons • Hannah Winston •