This is the invitation card for my new exhibition, opening next Wednesday, August 12. After Words is a group exhibition, the fourth annual show with five of my former students. Each year during meetings we pitch titles to the group until we all agree, then that becomes the theme for the next show.
After Words is a good title as it’s broad enough and narrow enough to allow for individual interpretation. My work is a series of close ups of a decayed prayer book found decades ago in a tip. The words in the text are broken up making a sort of landscape of paper and word fragments.
I’ve used a 10×8 camera, the largest film format, and made scans of the details within the negatives. Greg Wayn has given me technical assistance, notably in capturing the colour toning used by photographer Olivia Parker in her Signs of Life project.
After Words is opening at Tacit Contemporary Art on August 12 at 6.30pm, 312 Johnston St, Abbotsford.
Greg Neville, After Words 3, 2015
After Words is my next exhibition, a group show at Tacit gallery in Abbotsford. It’s the fourth annual exhibition with a group of my former students, Margot Sharman, Bernadette Boundy, Sue Lock, Sally D’Orsogna and Cathy Hayward.
This image is the first in a series of five, taken of a decayed prayer book I first photographed thirty years ago! It has been shot on an 8×10 camera owned by the late Bernie O’Reagen. The negatives have been scanned and cropped, I’m not skilled enough yet to compose accurately for full frame contact-printing.
Greg Wayn has graciously given me his Photoshop actions for selenium toner on Azo chloride paper. It’s a print colour developed by Olivia Parker for her 1970s work Signs of Life. The project is in part a hommage to Parker and Rosamund Purcell whose still life work I’ve long admired.
After Words runs August 12-30 at Tacit Contemporary Art, 312 Johnston St Abbotsford.