Reviews

2011 ART The Year That Was, Dunedin.

The power of the sun was also prime mover in Chris Reid's exhibition of "solargraphs" at Monumental Gallery, offering a variation on the pinhole camera by using an exposure time of weeks or months to produce tantalising suggestions of the "weight" of slowed-down time.

David Eggleton NZ Listener


Monumental Gallery: "Extended Moment", solargraphy by Chris Reid.

"Solargraphy" is a photographic method for recording the paths of the sun. It is essentially pinhole photography, with the exposure time extended over the course of months, even years.
The unusual practice can be accomplished using inexpensive and manual equipment, yet the results evoke images sent to Earth from one of Nasa's hi-tech satellites.

This homespun aspect is partly what draws local artist Chris Reid to the method. He uses landmarks around Dunedin as his subject, without pandering to mawkish traditions. His works are unframed, and unpredictable.

Some appear imaginatively altered, others entirely abstract, and yet they reveal nothing but that which has been faithfully observed by the mechanical eye.

To illustrate the bizarre nature of this imagery, we might look at Deborah Bay, an image exposed over four months.

We observe a warped, but recognisable hill, a road and a watery inlet beneath an atmosphere which is at once night, noon, dawn and dusk.

Across the sky are iridescent stripes marking where the sun has trailed over the course of time. It is instinctive to mull over the parameters of human perception at the sight of these works, and it is enthralling to consider that they point towards non-human impressions of familiar places.

Franchy Strachan Otago Daily Times