2019 Darkroom Dinner Auction Items


1871 Aquanetta  2016
from the series Midnight modern
pigment ink-jet print 90.0 x 135.0 cm
courtesy of the artist 

edition: 1/10
estimate: $4500 – $8000

Artist statement: My art explores the ability of the camera to augment human perception. I am fascinated by the ability of the lens and sensor to distort scale, time and perspective. Using modern technology I seek to find ways to freeze or expose phenomenon that we experience fleetingly or that we are unable to process fully.

Capturing the images just beyond the limits of our perception is my primary interest. Working in a documentary style I seek to distil these moments to allow them to be viewed and analysed.

This series, Midnight modern, focuses on the milieu of Palm Springs California, shot using only the light of the full moon between the hours of 8pm and 5am.

About Midnight modern: What began for Tom Blachford as a fateful discovery one night has developed into an ongoing series and exploration into the interplay between architecture, moonlight, mountains and the tension of an unspoken narrative. The elements combined yield a cinematic result that invites the viewer to complete their own story beyond the single frame. Both nostalgic and original the scenes exist simultaneously between the past and the present, like portals through time.

The evocative results inspired Blachford to revisit Palm Springs for five full moons, including a Super Moon, over the course of three years. It became a pilgrimage to the desert to pay homage to these shrines of hedonism.

Initially shot covertly, Blachford now works closely with the community in Palm Springs. With the support of The Palm Springs Modernist Committee, Modernism Week, homeowners, car collectors and location scouts in the area, Blachford has been able to gain access to high profile properties such as the Kaufmann Residence, Frank Sinatra's Twin Palms and the Frey House II as well as dozens of lovingly restored Alexander tract homes.

Blachford has exhibited the first two series in Melbourne, and Palm Springs. This work comes from Series III launched in May 2016 at a solo show at Black Eye Gallery located in Darlinghurst, Sydney and Limited works at ART16 Fair in London, represented by Netherlands based ARTITLEDcontemporary.



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