In conjunction with the Auckland Festival of Photography, Trish Clark Gallery presents Truth + Fiction Salon, mediating upon the theme of the festival. Accompanying a solo exhibition by Jae Hoon Lee, the salon features photographic works by Roger Ballen, Stella Brennan, Chris Corson-Scott, Jennifer French, Michael Ghent, Alan Miller, Marie Shannon, Ann Shelton, Vincent Ward and Christine Webster.
Maquettes and dolls confound a grasp upon scale in the works of Brennan, Shannon, and Ghent, while Miller’s delicate silver gelatin prints convert expansive landscapes into moody, miniaturised tableaus. The struggling figures of Ward’s Cloaked (2011) and Webster’s The Skeleton (1997) flip and distort as they are captured in motion, while those in Corson-Scott’s and French’s works appear as temporary flickers within unperturbed landscapes. Ann Shelton’s June 2004, Onaero Beach, Taranaki, looking north-east before dawn (2004/2012) appears as a misty morning, but is instead a four hour exposure tracking the path of Venus in a strike of white across the grain of the image. Likewise, Shannon’s Map of the Places (1992), tracks flight plans not across a map as it may first appear, but rather, a carefully engineered grubby patch of carpet. Channeling the viewer down unstable corridors of thought, this salon explores the affective potential of photography as a medium.