An exhibition of photographic art by Peter Hyatt for The Other Art Fair.
“If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.”
- Jean Paul Sartre
‘Incandescent’ explores the city as dark carnival.
High-voltage points of light and shadow are transformative windows-to-the-world. Veiled mosaics imbue his subjects with a specific energy and ‘voice’.
Isolation and ‘alone-ness’ contrast their busy urban context.
My experience as an architectural photographer helps explore the human condition and anonymity in an over-stimulated, often overwhelming world.
Technique and a vivid colour palette brings daily life into a dreamlike focus of psychedelic intensity.
It requires a building devoid of people in ‘Embrace’ and trees with connecting limbs, like outstretched hands in ‘We Touch’, to consummate the yearning to belong.
Themes of alone-ness, anonymity and anxiety carry through the daily theatre of the bustling city. ‘Incandescent’ signals a major transition from commercial photography to fine art imagery.
The 15 images from Incandescent were produced especially for The Other Art Fair, 2016.
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I've long wondered how to represent aspects of the city in a way that seemed/felt original. This latest series of images is much less concerned with mega-sized files or huge capture chips. It's about the visual 'whisper' or veil. These images ask the viewer to peer into the granular qualities much like the work of the Pointillist masters of the 19th century. I have tried to imbue my images with a similar technique but rather here using a screen to act as a filter. These images also vary our perception depending upon the viewers' distance from the image. Close-up increases the abstraction. Stepping back clarifies the view. An intense colour spectrum with the digital paint-brush produces a contemporary take on an earlier idea and a unique perspective of everyday places, people and events. Stay tuned for further developments.
Selection as a finalist in this year's William and Winifred Bowness Prize is a special recognition for all entrants. It's an award with a distinguished lineage beginning in 2006.
Finalists work will be exhibited at the Monash Gallery, Waverley, September 1 - October 16 of this year. My entry image titled Gene Pool captures the ubiquitous smartphone as a piece of technology that has forever changed the world.
The jury of this year's award comprises film-maker Fred Schepisi AO and photographer John Gollings AM and MGA Director Kallie Blauhorn.
Abstraction and ambiguity often go hand in hand which is why this image that celebrates angularity also conveys an organic quality. Swimming pool images often lead me back to David Hockney who so powerfully captured magic in the mundane. Water is the constantly moving landscape and surface of shifting tension and yet here, in the tranquillity of a tropical pool the steps are either rising or falling, depending upon your take of the scene. In one way it's another interpretation of the glass half-full versus half-empty argument. And there's a Rothko-esque quality to Blue-Moderne that occurred to me after the event. Similarity in the appearances of art isn't necessarily the grand rip-off. Humans often share similar responses to shape, colour, pattern, texture and line. I would hope Rothko would see Blue Moderne much less as 'under the influence' than a shared keen eye. Besides, whose to say how much a cubist master such as Georges Braque influenced Rothko's embrace of the muscular feminine?
You can see Blue Moderne under New Work and Abstract. We hope you enjoy its purity of form and perhaps, above all else, tranquillity.