Spyglass Field Recordings, Vol.1
July 14 - August 2, 2009
Pohio usually makes moving images. However, Spyglass Field Recordings,
Vol.1, Pohio’s second solo exhibition at Jonathan Smart Gallery,
comprises mainly stills – a body of work undertaken while the inaugural
James Ormond Wallace fellow at La Rongere, in northern France.
fascination in a little watercourse behind the Chateau at La Rongere,
Pohio worked both day and night, and the results are enchanting and
full of intimate detail. By taking various approaches to using cameras
and lenses, Pohio was able to achieve a pin-hole effect, with the
images becoming rounded and loosing focus in places, often around their
edges. The appearance may look contrived, but this is merely the artist
making marks... in this instance, with light.
Pohio's photographs are not manipulated in their printing in any way, though occasionally he does present them upside down.
these charming little observations of the world around him appear more
real than real. We are invited into wonderland. Titles like Go Ask
Alice and Emerge from Earth, along with the tondo format placed
discretely and variously within each matt, add to the Victorian
spy-glass feel. This is a simple and sophisticated show. Nathan Pohio
is an artist with a wonderful visual sensibility, who brings rare
scrutiny to the little things around him. Images like Robot and What
Was Found There are an absolute treat.
List of works:
Go Ask Alice
Emerge Into Earth
For The Love Of Bibwitt Harte
What Was Found There
Once Found There
Gucci In The Sky
All works are hand-held photographs, not modified or manipulated by new technology.
They are digital photographs in editions of 3. And each is either
500 x 400mm framed (or the reverse) depending on their portrait or landscape format.
DVD: Riders On The Storm 1/3
artist would like to warmly acknowledge the generous assistance of the
James Ormond Wallace Trust, which funds a Residency in La Rongere,
France, where Nathan undertook this work in April / May, 2008.