Guy Archard’s work is a personal exploration of beauty and decay both in the physical and metaphysical form. Abstracted images take the viewer on a poetic meander through relationships with loved ones past and present, accompanied by pondering day-dream fixations on everyday objects. Archard uses his father’s imagery, and old family pictures, alongside his contemporary works. The physical change of these prints over a number of years is mirrored by the disintegration of Archard’s new photographs, and the distinction between them becomes difficult to pin-point. People and objects from years past have inevitably aged outside of the picture-frame, and the fading distortion of surfaces prompts one to think about the parallels between physical, emotional and familial change.
Katie Jolin manipulates the photographic materials of her process in unconventional ways, exploring the physicality and materiality of the analogue photograph. Her practice weaves through stages of control over her chosen medium. Tearing, burning, folding, contorting with a beguiling nature. The image is muddled, her experiments altering the unique image that was once captured in the camera, negating or adding information to the surface. Pushing the notion of what we believe a photograph represents or withholds to another intensity. Her focus delves into the sensuality and eroticism inherent in her subjects; the soft features of a face are emanated in the liquid process of the image. The contours of the visage are alluring and inviting. The lines of the lips, jaw, cheeks, brow, draw us into the image while the physical interruptions made to the images surface both reject and hold our gaze.
Tom Flynn presents his series titled ‘Stress Birefringence’. Birefringence is caused when light passes through a material with molecules of no uniformity. When the material is stressed or layered, the ray’s speed is altered and polarisation causes a variety of colours to occur. By magnifying and capturing the results of this process the work looks into the phenomenon with a pseudo-scientific methodology; its objectivity being interrupted by the awe of the scientific.
Disrupt is a Matter Collective exhibition. Matter is a photography collective that started as a means of bringing together photography and moving image work through events, exhibitions and publications.