August 31, 2008
Vitamin, which is a South Australian visual culture quarterly containing images and articles by include emerging and mid-career South Australian artists in local visual culture, has an online gallery. A recent online exhibition was “Urban Differences”, an exhibition of photography.
One of the local photographers exhibiting was Danielle Walpole. Another is Mark Kimber, a lecturer and Studio Head of Photography and New Media at the University of South Australia, whose recent project is Sun Pictures utilizing the ‘Diana’ camera; an unsophisticated plastic box:
Mark Kimber, Sun Picture 2, Giclee print, 2007
Kimber is an established figure in art photography circles and Sun Pictures was shown at Stills Gallery, Sydney. He has maintained a dedicated artistic profile while at the same time, continuing his role as a full-time staff member of the SA School of Art, University of South Australia. Currently he is Studio Head of Photography and New Media.
Beverley Southcott, in the catalogue for the online “Urban Differences”exhibition, says the exhibition is a plethora of polarized perspectives:
on the urban environment with common elements of the darkly humorous to the joyful; or of everyday activities to a nocturnal otherness housed within narratives of contemporary desires and anxieties in the metropolis. Predominantly the images of ‘the nocturnal’ depict the unusual, the melancholy, a meditative reflectiveness combined with a sense of uneasiness as well. The whimsy and the hopeful, implied with evocations and redefinitions of industrial architecture, for example, or subtle undertakings in guerilla art, are seen in these photo media works.
This reference to anxiety and unease is a gesture to the uncanny or the sublime; in this case the urban sublime.