Ned Pratt – Proximity
Christina Parker Gallery is pleased to announce Proximity, an exhibition by Ned Pratt that features a selection of photography from 2017 and 2018. The exhibition will open December 7 and run until December 29 with an artist opening reception on Friday December 7, from 5:30 – 8:00pm.
Proximity runs in conjunction with One Wave currently exhibiting at the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery until January 2019. This is Pratt’s first touring museum exhibition that is accompanied by a major publication featuring the entire exhibition.
The photographs in Proximity take a simplified approach with attention to three basic principles; light, colour, and composition. In Pratt’s own words he states; “the images become more than photographs, they are abstractions in colour and form with minimal composition; light, colour and texture are the unifying elements.” Pratt leads us into his process as he describes his images as “intentionally flat” with no vanishing point. His interests veer toward playful explorations in form and composition to create photographs that are images within images, as in Tourism and Factory. We see landscapes that are strikingly beautiful yet acknowledge the harshness of the land. Architectural images appear as though they are collage assemblages.
As a body of work, Proximity offers the viewer a gateway into the artist’s thought process to bring us nearer in space and time to a visual world.
The temptation to work in certain ways is so strong in me that I’m often frustrated. I see more things that I can’t photograph than things that I can photograph. At times, I just go ahead; at other times, I go ahead and try to deface the composition with carefully placed wires or non-traditional composition elements. Basically, I try to destroy the first impression and rebuild it at the same time into a different kind of beauty — something I feel is my own. – Ned Pratt, 2018