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The human body viewed in a new light

1 March 2005

The human body viewed in a new light

Artists Jules Allen, Margaret Lovell-Smith and Harriet Stockman explore the way the human body is subject to control from outside influences in Artstation’s new exhibition, Perception / Deception from 15 March to 2 April.

Jules Allen uses ambiguous photographic images of the human body to question common perceptions about ageing and illness. Ms Allen projects aged and diseased skin onto youthful, healthy bodies in her photographs. The images give viewers a simple glimpse of their own possible appearance as they age. “I don’t intend to shock the audience with every piece of work. I hope some images provoke serenity, curiosity and empathy,” says Ms Allen.

Skin is closely examined in Margaret Lovell-Smith’s intriguing video works. Ms Lovell-Smith’s background in science and medical industries contributes to her videos, which intimately inspect the surface of the human body.

Institutional and media control of the body is scrutinised in Harriet Stockman’s video installation. Ms Stockman mimics facial features and movements with latex in her mouth. The scenario is repeated on a row of television screens to suggest the power of the media in shaping human behaviour.

Perception/Deception exhibition information: Artists: Jules Allen, Margaret Lovell-Smith, Harriet Stockman Exhibition: 15 March – 2 April 2005 Opening: 5 – 7 pm Tuesday 15 March 2005

Artstation, Auckland City’s community visual arts facility, is located at the old police barracks at 1 Ponsonby Rd, Newton. It is easy to get to by public transport with the Link’s ‘Artstation’ bus stop right outside.


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