2011-2 UK, Australia, South Korea
International Touring Exhibition and Symposium
The Viewfinder project was curated by Nicholas Devison in 2011 and 2012. The show brought together artists, who in a number of different ways interrogate the creative intersections between digital and traditional print practices as a means of reflecting upon the nature of representation and the surface in fine art printmaking. Viewfinder toured on an international basis including outcomes in Seoul, South Korea, Melbourne, Australia, Northampton and Cambridge UK. In support of the project a symposium with speakers Professor Paul Coldwell (Professor of Fine Art at the University of the Arts London), Gill Saunders (Senior Curator of Prints at the V&A) Johanna Love (course leader of MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts,) Edward Dimsdale (University of the Arts London), and brook & black took place at Anglia Ruskin University in November 2012.
“...Thus technology subjected the human sensorium to a complex kind of training.”
Walter Benjamin, On Some Motifs In Baudelaire (1939)
The saturation of digital media, in what is described as a post-digital environment, has further eroded the traditional taxonomies of media specificity and material engagement. It is therefore useful to assess the work of artists whose work is rooted in an historical engagement with the physical, mechanical, chemical and autographic, but whose work now returns from a digital space towards a physical manifestation. Viewfinder brings together eight artists who in a number of ways interrogate the creative intersections between digital and traditional print practices as a means of reflecting upon the nature of representation. This engagement is particularised through a relationship with the material surface of print and a post-indexical consideration of the photographic. Here as the title of the show suggests the Viewfinder is deployed as a means of searching for and capturing something bigger than itself .
Viewfinder: Avenue Gallery, the University of Northampton
Viewfinder: Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University
IMPACT 7: Intersections & Counterpoints. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Viewfinder: Curated by Nicholas Devison
Viewfinder Artspace H Seoul, South Korea