Gas Station #3, 23/3/17. Exhibited in the New Zealand National Contemporary Art Awards 2017, Waikato Museum.

Purdom, Mark (2017) Gas Station #3, 23/3/17. Exhibited in the New Zealand National Contemporary Art Awards 2017, Waikato Museum. National Contemporary Art Award 2017., Gas Station #3, 23/3/17..

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‘If a place can be defined as relational, historical and concerned with identity, then a space which cannot be defined as relational, or historical, or concerned with identity will be a non-place.’ The French anthropologist Marc Augé, in his influential book Non-Places: An Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, cited examples of transient “non-place” as including airport lounges, supermarkets, shopping malls, and service stations etc. In the work Gas Station #3, 23/3/17, I have attempted to abstract the building from its surroundings, to heighten the disconnect from place to non-place. Often in my work, there is a tension between what the photographs describe and what they reveal. I am exploiting the potential of photography’s indexicality - when it is at its most factual, is often when it is most obscure. Marc Augé, Non-Places: An Introduction to Anthropology of Supermodernity, 1995, Verso. Museum statement: This year’s judge is Director of City Gallery Wellington, Elizabeth Caldwell, who brings more than 25 years’ experience in New Zealand’s visual arts sector. “From its inception, the National Contemporary Art Award has attracted artists of the highest calibre and generated vital critical dialogue,” she says. “I am honoured to have been asked to contribute to the legacy of this prestigious award. Past award recipients have been distinguished by their ambition, boldness, originality and technical prowess.” Now in its 18th year, the National Contemporary Art Award will culminate with a premier exhibition at Waikato Museum from 29 July to 5 November 2017. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 28 July. Waikato Museum Director Cherie Meecham says the award and exhibition is a highlight of New Zealand’s arts calendar. “The exhibition provides a valuable site for artistic expression and debate, and an important record of New Zealand contemporary art,” says Ms Meecham. “It never fails to generate entries which push the boundaries and break the rules to create a unique and significant visual experience.”

Item Type:Contribution to a Show/Exhibition
Keywords that describe the item:Gas Station #3, 23/3/17, Mark Purdom, contemporary art, photography, night photography, New Zealand, new topographics, contemporary photography, art photography, landscape photography.
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NE Print media
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:5532
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Deposited On:20 Dec 2017 01:22
Last Modified:20 Dec 2017 01:22

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