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David Gates: Fig (Expired)

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The word “fig” is usually encountered in scientific manuals and old natural history books.  However, David Gates, an artist who will be visiting Greece for his exhibition at “Obox” Gallery, chose the word “fig” as a point of reference for deciphering images.  His choice was not random; his particular method of presenting information—which is both stationary and mobile—underlines a fixation for classification and the inability to logically interpret our physical world. This unique artist uses a pinhole camera to photograph random objects and images which, while appearing nostalgic, manage to awaken the present and remain open to various interpretations from the viewer.

Gates, who was a visiting artist in Kea under the program “Obox Residency”, converted a small van into a mobile darkroom. While peeping behind fences, he studied shadows and photographed the edges of roads.  What he manages to convey is the usefulness of objects that are neglected and forgotten.  He dwells on the detail of his material, isolates a section of the existing photograph and focuses on what interests him most.  Through discreet intervention, he highlights the substance and feel of his objects, and the perpetual oscillation between the visible and the invisible, objects and meanings, reality and re-enactment.  The result is both an invitation and a challenge to the viewer—one which will allow him to interpret the world through enhanced awareness.  As yet another ”thief of time”, Gates, in his first solo exhibition in Greece, subtracts images and objects from the flow of time, denoting the inevitability of their disappearance.

Qbox gallery
Exhibition
10, Armodiou Str (1st floor), Varvakios Agora, Athens

Date: February 8- March 30, 2013

Visting Hours: Tue- Fri 12:00- 18:00, Sat 12:00- 16:00

Additional Info

Date: Friday, 08 February 2013
End Date: Saturday, 30 March 2013
Categories: Exhibitions
Address: 10, Armodiou Str (1st floor), Varvakios Agora
District: Central Athens
Phone: (+30 )211 1199991

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