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A Thin Streak of Light - Camus Wyatt Photographs

When:

Tue 19 Mar 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Wed 20 Mar 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 21 Mar 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 22 Mar 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 23 Mar 2019, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Photospace, Level 1, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: James Gilberd

Camus Wyatt's exhibition 'A thin streak of light' is at Photospace Gallery.

The exhibition comprises a series of photographs on lightboxes (in room 1) and a series of archival pigment prints (Rembrandt series) in rooms 3 and 4.

Please note: The lightbox photos in room 1 will contine to be shown till 20th April, with another exhibition replacing the rembrandt photos in rooms 2 & 3.

Artist's statement - Camus Wyatt

I hope you enjoy these pictures of birds and of the inner life of Rembrandt's paintings. Please sit a while!

My lovely dog doesn't like birds. I've watched him race down Paekakariki Beach countless times, frantically trying (and failing) to catch them.

Watching those birds scatter off in all directions, I've remembered Charles Darwin's thoughts about ‘endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful’ and John Berger’s theories on ‘ways of seeing’. Each movement can create innumerable forms, depending on how you look.

In Rembrandt's centuries-old paintings I see the same vitality, life and movement as I do in those birds. I've never seen an original, but I can reach out to them. Figures appear dreamlike – often sad, always beautiful – through the pale blue glow of my laptop screen. I long to see the paintings.

A hundred years ago Anton Chekhov's ‘The Student’ saw the past as ‘an unbroken chain of events all flowing from one to another’. While I'm not saying Rembrandt's paintings have anything to do with my dog's sincere desire to chase any and every bird on the beach, I am saying that movement never has to stop. A painting’s life remains in motion in the digital world, just as a bird's flight leaves ripples in the sky.

As Chekhov’s Student found - when you touch one end of the chain the other trembles.

Camus Wyatt - ‘A thin streak of light’
January 2019

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