Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


A return to our lost forests in an exhibition for the senses

A return to our lost forests in an exhibition for the senses

Photography moves beyond the two dimensional in Lest We Go Ashore, Shaun Matthew’s first solo exhibition, opening at Toi Pōneke, 31 July. With the addition of sound and scent Matthew’s work constructs an imagined memory of Aotearoa’s once isolated forests, 70 million years in the making.

These new photographs re-imagine our unique forests and rich ecosystems prior to settlement and colonisation, embracing complexity in growth, decay and regeneration. Lest We Go Ashoreprovides a space for contemplation of our forests in the hope of reconnecting with them.

Shaun Matthews is a Wellington based photographer who is originally from London. In 2002 he made a life changing decision to move to New Zealand after meeting his partner.

New Zealand’s native forests inspired Matthews to extend his keen interest in photography and the landscape. The green belt, parks and reserves that are so easily accessed and experienced, became rich expansive sites for his creative photographic practice.

“As a photographer my primary interest lies in landscape. It is hard to escape from our normal perceptions and engage with our forests as living and changing organisms. I admire their seemingly chaotic nature and the way they are continually regenerating and renewing themselves”.

A majority of the images needed a long exposure or a particular light, and it is this calm, peaceful delay that allows Matthews to absorb the surroundings – the birdsong, and the smells of these forest remnants. “You can’t help but become immersed in what can sometimes seem like our ancient past.”

Arts Advisor, Jodie Dalgleish says, “art historians and theorists have long talked about photography as a mode of occupation and possession: here Shaun Matthews turns this around nicely when he takes his camera into stands of our native rainforest and imagines a time past, before colonisation, and burn-offs.”

These works are a continuation of Shaun’s previous work, presenting New Zealand’s forests beyond the picturesque and seeking to re-imagine these unique spaces in a more affecting way.

The sounds and smells of the forest will enter the gallery through recordings and collections from the forest floor. In all his work Shaun is intending to capture a sense of place. “These are places with long history and much meaning, and I want to capture that in my images.”

Shaun graduated earlier this year from Massey University with a Bachelor of Design in Photography, achieving First Class Honours. He has previously exhibited in group exhibitions: Locale, 2010 and Light & Truth, 2011, both at Toi Pōneke, Passing By Nature at Blackmore Jean Gallery, 2010 and Alt: Contemporary photographers explore alternative processes, at The Engine Room and Photospace Gallery, 2009.

Lest We Go Ashore opens at 5.30pm on Thursday 31 July at Toi Pōneke, 61 Abel Smith Street, Wellington. The exhibition runs from 1-23 August 2014.

www.shaunmatthews.com

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Architecture:
Ian Athfield Dies In Wellington

New Zealand Institute of Architects: It is with great sadness that we inform Members that Sir Ian Athfield, one of New Zealand's finest architects, has passed away in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington Production: New-Look Tracy Brothers Are F.A.B.

ITV and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures today released an exclusive preview of the new-look Tracy brothers from this year’s hotly anticipated new series, Thunderbirds Are Go. More>>

ALSO:

Cardinal Numbers:
Pope Francis Names Archbishop From NZ Among New Cardinals

Announcing a list of bishops to be made Cardinals in February Pope Francis named Archbishop John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, overnight from Rome. On hearing the news of the announcement, Archbishop John Dew said "This news is recognition of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the contribution it makes to the global Catholic family." More>>

ALSO:

Nomenclature: Charlotte And Oliver Top Baby Names For 2014

Charlotte and Oliver were the most popular names for newborn girls and boys in 2014... The top 100 girls’ and boys’ names make up a small proportion of the more than 12,000 unique first names registered for children born this year, says Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriage. More>>

Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news