Kate Woods takes over the back gallery showing five new works, also fresh from a public gallery exhibition at NorthArt in Auckland where they were shown as part of the recent Auckland Festival of Photography. In these works, Woods continues her disruption of photography's representation of the real. Her superimpositions on found photographs, or in this case her own photographs of a nature walk near her home, continue to create portals to alternative ways of reading and viewing images, confounding conventional expectations or what we might expect a photograph to deliver.
Wellington writer Thomasin Sleigh wrote a response to the work for NorthArt's catalogue and Andréw Clark reviewed the exhibition for PhotoForum saying her work is "intriguing in that it both makes apparent its artificiality and conceals the means of its production."
"The works are densely constructed, chimeric hybrids, incorporating painted cardboard elements that are photographed and reincorporated into composites of original and found photographic material. The use of polygonal forms evokes retro digital iconography, but their handmade imperfections ground them in the analogue, as does the decision to present the works as large-scale prints, aligning them with the physicality of painting."
Press release courtesy Bartley & Company Art.