Chris Pole, Hamish Coleman, Andrew Ross, Gareth Brighton – 16 Feb-5 March, 2016
Three of the artists in this show – Chris Pole, Hamish Coleman and Gareth Brighton – use the photographic image or film stills as the basis for their work. The fourth – Andrew Ross – is a photographer who uses the traditional method: hand-printing from the photographic negative.
About the artists:
ANDREW ROSS was born in Masterton in 1966. He studied history at Victoria University in Wellington and became interested in photography in the late 1980’s. He worked as a darkroom technician at Level III from 1990-95. In 1996 he began the ongoing Wellington Views series, a constantly growing photographic archive documenting the city and its environments.
. Andrew has exhibited throughout New Zealand including at Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui and Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt. He has exhibited regularly at Photospace Gallery, Wellington since 1999 and has been involved in group shows at Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington; McNamara Gallery, Whanganui; Bath St Gallery, Auckland; Gus Fisher Gallery, the University of Auckland; Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Manakau City; the Pataka Museum of Arts & Culture, Porirua and Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington.
His work is held in the public collections of Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, the Dowse Art Museum, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Wellington City Council Archives, the Wellington Museum of City and Sea, the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, the Sarjeant Gallery and the Eastern Southland Gallery.
Using a 19th century method Andrew Ross handprints his photographs as contact prints (meaning the negative is the same size as the photograph). This film highlights his artisanship and artistry and is worth a watch…