David R. Harper
When Aura Is Made
The elusive aura – a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object often connoting a particular power or holiness. Although it said that all living things (including humans) and all objects manifest such an aura, it remains a mystery as to how one can actually go about doing this. This exhibition considers the ways in which humans try to harness the spirituality or power of a living thing through reproduction and re-creation. Taxidermy, museum display cases, artificial light and color patterning are just some of the methods explored here.
Otherwise Than This
The title of this installation comes from Otherwise Than Being, a text by philosopher Emmanuel Levinas who emphasises the face as what calls forth a responsibility for the Other. The phrase also refers to the changes and disappearances of the image that occur here as the same photograph undergoes three different versions of erasure. The action of the piece is literally one of de-facing, but the bright colours and the subject’s calm expression suggest a willing surrender to our gaze, and to destruction.
The work was created by submerging a photographic print in water and slowly adding chemicals, causing the three layers of dye-couplers to release from the paper (cyan, magenta and yellow). Thus a dialogue is created between the still and moving image, and between digital and analogue processes. The three projections echo the three colour components of the c-print. The form of the triptych also references religious imagery, and the reverence for an infinite ‘Other’ that icons create.
Show runs: Jan 11 2013 – Feb 28 2013
Opening: Friday January 11, 2013 – 7:00pm – 11:00pm
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Peterborough, ON, Canada
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