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Mark Adams and Jae Renaut


Sat 4 Feb 2017, 11:00am–4:00pm
Wed 8 Feb 2017, 2:00pm–4:00pm
Thu 9 Feb 2017, 2:00pm–4:00pm
Fri 10 Feb 2017, 2:00pm–4:00pm
Sat 11 Feb 2017, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: 50 Works Gallery, 50 London Street, Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


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Listed by: 50worksgallery

Mark Adam’s photographs are a record of people met during one day in Lyttelton, during which he visited the now demolished Anglican convent. The negatives have begun to disintegrate, adding a poignantly abstract quality to the photographs, strangely analogous to the disintegration of the convent during the earthquakes of 2011 and 2012.

“After leaving Ilam Art School in 1970 I used to go and steal the school’s large format 4 x 5 inch Linhoff Plate Camera and use it on the quiet. One day in 1971 Paul Rossiter and I took it over to Lyttelton to Greg Kane's place in Seaview Tce. Greg was a thespian and one-time Parliamentary Secretary to The Right Honourable Mabel Howard. Greg was fun and alcoholic.

Greg had somehow obtained an Anglican Bishops regalia from somewhere on the West Coast. I took these portraits of Greg in the early afternoon and then he took us to meet the Anglican Minister. I made three portraits of him and his dog who he called 'The Papal Spy'. We then went to the convent to meet the nuns. I made portraits of Sister Mary Bernard and the other nuns, who I can no longer name.

I would like to identify the unnamed people in the pictures - the Anglican minister and the nuns. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to write down the names of anyone they recognise. These portraits were taken 46 years ago. The weird lines or cracks across the prints are caused by the disintegration of the old negatives where the emulsion is separating from the acetate base. Old age.” Mark Adams, 5/1/2017.

Jae Renaut, a Lyttelton resident best known as a photographer of the historic buildings of Lyttelton as they existed before the earthquakes. Several of his works are featured on key sites in the township - heroically proportioned images of the buildings which once stood there. Most of the images in this exhibition reveal his personal vision - there is a humorously surreal quality to the images, which often bring together unexpected combinations of objects - a pair of fencing pliers become the long legs of a doll.

Like Mark Adams, Jae uses a large format camera and black and white film.

“All of the photographs in this exhibition has been printed on Agfa Gevaert silver gelatine papers using the traditional analogue darkroom process.

Unfortunately, in 2004 Agfa Gaevart ceased production of silver gelatine photographic materials, hence prints made on the rapidly dwindling stocks of high-quality Agfa printing papers have a rarity value that is increasing over time. Each of the silver gelatine prints in this exhibition has been processed to archival standards.” - Jae Renaut, 20.1.2017