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Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea
8 May 19 June
Reviewed by: Francesca Genovese »
In 'Twenty Shadows' Andy Lock and Richard Page bring together two originally disparate photographic series that work together through their underlying sense of unease, unresolved narratives and notions of home. Both series speak of surveillance, fantasy, artificiality and reconstruction in amongst landscapes and spaces that are deliberately distorted through technique and process.
In Orchard Park, Andy Lock explores the dispossessed domestic space, transforming rooms into spaces that now exist out of time. He reclassifies them as something other than places of habitation; they are so far removed from home. Created through a process of re-photographing the images, which have been painted onto phosphorescent surfaces that are gradually fading, re-enforces the concept that these spaces and their original function are degrading. Lock has created a series of images that are visually exquisite, the delicate fall of light from a window, a chair and bed set against backdrops of deteriorating wallpaper, fragments that are the only remains of the past, of narratives and lives we can now only imagine.
In Suburban Exposures Richard Page looks to suburban spaces as the subject for these haunting and unsettling images. He explores the concept that the home is perhaps no longer a place of security and privacy, but a penetrable space that is at risk of invasion, both internally and externally. These beautiful light boxes are framed by the blurred edges of these images that point towards an almost model-like appearance as if the images are to remain within a fictitious context thus removing them from our reality. Drawing on the rhetoric of the suspense present within horror movies, the images serve to launch the viewer into a narrative that is implied, one which forces us to question the safety of the suburban space.
Focal Point Gallery »
Southend Central Library, Victoria Avenue, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA SS2 6EX
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