A Shifting Sense of Things

31 Jan 2013 – 8 Mar 2013

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In 'A Shifting Sense of Things' Darren Harvey-Regan playfully experiments with the nature of the photographic and its relationship to the material world. Throughout the works Harvey-Regan presents a shifting interplay between the subject, its photographic representation, and the photographic object - the material photograph itself.

Harvey-Regan continually draws our attention to the often overlooked physicality of a photograph. As an object that bears a representational image it is more than mere surface, it is in itself a thing. "The process of translating object to image is that of transposing matter to surface, one thing into another thing. Photographs do not just exist to show things, they are things - more objects amongst the many."

This process of translation is further explored by Harvey-Regan through taking objects from the world and fashioning them in the likeness of images. For example, in 'Beauties of The Common Tool, Rephrased' Harvey-Regan appropriates Walker Evans' 1955 commission for Fortune magazine. Montaging Evans' original tool images together he makes new forms before recreating these constructs in reality by sourcing matching tools, cutting them in half and re-joining them to emulate his montages. The resulting hybridised physical objects are photographed to create the final work, entailing a reversal of photographic trajectory: where photography typically starts with something in the world and makes an image of it, here pre-existing images have been made into something in the world.

The type of representational relationship underpinning these works is what commonly affects the way we order and describe our world. This consideration is further borne out in 'Quotations in Kind' which incorporates an educational children's book where formative definitions about the nature of perception and language are shaped.

In this installation, comprising of an illustration of stacked bricks in a children's book which is emulated both as a photograph and as a solid concrete sculpture, the same formal quality from the illustration is repeated, 'quoted' as it were, photographically and sculpturally. The book's facing page asks the question 'How many bricks?' and while the photograph and the sculpture accurately transpose the illustration in their own distinct idioms, that of surface and that of solid, the literal answer to the question 'how many bricks?' remains in fact, none.

Darren Harvey-Regan is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. Solo exhibitions include A Collection of Gaps, Phoenix, Exeter (2011) and Fact, Room Gallery, London (2011). Group shows include Brush It In, Flowers East, London (2012), Confined, Nest, The Hague (2012), Recasting the Gods, Sumarria Lunn, London (2012), I'll Be Your Mirror, Monte Vista, Los Angeles (2012), Collaborators 3, Room Gallery, London (2012), Matter in Hand, Kingsgate Gallery, London (2012), Breaking Surfaces, Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin (2012), I'll Be Your Mirror, Nancy Kranzberg Gallery, St. Louis (2012), Spinning Yarns, 800 and Ice House Galleries, New Jersey (2012), I'll Be Your Mirror, Nancy Kranzberg Gallery, St. Louis (2011), The Animal Gaze Returned, Cass Gallery, London (2011), Object Dada, Edel Assanti, London (2011), Photography as Object, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London (2011), Catlin Art Prize, London (2011), Catching' Drifting, SW1 Gallery, London (2011), Spinning Yarns, Gallery 114 and Kendall Gallery, Michigan, US (2011), New Contemporaries, ICA, London (2010), Hal Silver, Russian Club Gallery, London (2009) and Close Distance / CONTACT Photography Festival, York Quay Gallery, Toronto (2009). Darren Harvey-Regan is a recipient of the Leverhulme Trust Award (2009) and has been shortlisted for The Arts Foundation 2013 Awards. He is currently undertaking an AA2A Residency at Sir John Cass School of Art (London MET) and is part of the Hal Silver collective.


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