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Selected images from 'Deep North"

(2013 - Present)

‘Deep North’ is an ongoing project which examines the connection between ecology, psychology and the differing time scales within the landscapes of Far Northern Queensland. Produced over a ten year period the images chart the teeming surfaces, stilled recesses and storied topographies of these environments. The series considers the superimposition and dislocation of spatial histories within the landscape whilst engendering dialogue between their political and mythopoetic associations.

Selections from 'Deep North' in '23º and Rising'

Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.
(2019)

Deep North’ is an ongoing series of still and moving image works examining the connection between ecology, psychology and the differing time scales within the landscapes of Far Northern Queensland. The still images were produced largely over the last six years with an eight by ten inch view camera and chart the teeming surfaces, stilled recesses and storied topographies of these environments. The series considers the superimposition and dislocation of spatial histories within the landscape whilst engendering dialogue between their political and mythopoetic associations.

'Deep North' Catalog

(2019)

Conversation Piece

MARS Gallery, Melbourne
(2016)

Matthew Stanton’s 16mm film installation “Conversation Piece” contemplates the nature of the portrait image in relationship to topologies of surface and duration whilst examining the imprinting, transmission and translation of the “time image” through the cinematographic process. Referencing the 7-minute exposure times typical of Julia Margaret Cameron’s 19th century photographic portraits, ‘Conversation Piece’ constitutes dual durational projections of a woman and the sea, each mirrored in scale and static frame. The ocean surface echoes and reflects the contingencies of light and human presence as a mute conversation unfolds between converging dualities – the static and animate, surface and depth, the actual and the virtual.

'Deep North' at Wallflower Photomedia Gallery

Wallflower Photomedia Gallery
(2015)

An exhibition of photographic and video works which chart the waterways, surfaces and stilled recesses of North Eastern Australia’s wet tropical landscapes whilst examining the inscriptions and erasures played out within its storied topographies. Themes pertaining to the superimposition, dislocation and convergence of spatial histories, both cultural and personal are central to the work. The dialogue engendered provides an opportunity to navigate the interface between the Cartesian empiricism of exploration and the persistence of an invisible mythical space-time within the landscape.

Slide Night #2

Westspace
(2013)

Taking the form of projected unique state silver gelatine pinhole transparencies this series is an exploration of the threshold between indexicality and diffraction. Photography’s conflation of time and space into surface are examined in dialogue with Alvin Lucier’s inquiry into the spatio-temporal decay of recorded sound.

Bristol Biennial - Pulse of Duration

The Looking Glass Art Space
(2012)

‘Conversation Piece’ is a 16mm film and sound installation contemplating the nature of the portrait image in relationship to conceptions of surface, space and duration. Referencing the 7-minute exposures typical of Julia Margaret Cameron’s 19th century photographic portraits, the work constitutes a durational portrait and seascape mirrored in scale and static frame. The shifting play of light and motion upon surfaces of sea and sky echo physical contingencies of presence whilst functioning as both psychological field and screen. Between the lucent frames a mute conversation emerges between surface and depth, the static and the animate, the actual and the virtual.