2016 Finalists

Mike GRAY

Artist statement: This image is part of a series that relies on single element lenses to approach the aesthetic experienced pre-consciously inside the human eye.

This is a ‘straight’ image with no digital editing taking place. In between the camera and the backyard is a single element lens that projects the scene into a plastic bag that acts like the focussing screen of a large format camera. Essentially the materials act as a model for the human eye with the retina replaced by a disposable consumer item.

The intersecting themes comprise pre-conscious ocular aesthetics, consumer culture and suburbia. The process employed reworks the way we view everyday materials and indeterminate phenomena whilst also bringing them together to question aspects of modern life.

www.mikegrayphoto.net

Backyard bag study  2015
from the series New Australian plants and animals
pigment ink-jet print
70.0 x 110.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

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