Exhibition: Salon 17: New Approaches in Photography

Exhibition: Salon 17: New Approaches in Photography

A Crystalline World (2017) & Big Salt (NaCI) (2017)
Four Corners Gallery, London
17 – 28 October 2017

A Crystalline World (2017) is a series of photographic salt prints made using salt collected from a disused salt mine in the Mallee, a semi-arid region of Victoria, Australia. The images show the creases of time that have been etched into the abandoned salt stacks left over from when salt was harvested from a nearby salt lake. The work engages with the “deep-time” of the Mallee, a region that was transformed from an ancient inland sea to a semi-arid terrain over a period of thousands of years, by chemically enfolding elements from the environment into the image-making process of the salt print. This process therefore maps the shifting ecologies of the site through its own materials, the salt being both the subject and the material means through which the image is printed (and becomes visible). Displayed alongside is Big Salt (NaCI) (2017): two c-type prints that reproduce the sculptural forms of the salt that Nightingale used to make the salt prints. Continue Reading

EXHIBITION: SPECTRAL ECOLOGIES

EXHIBITION: SPECTRAL ECOLOGIES

Spectral Ecologies Artists: Sam Nightingale and Polly Stanton April to 18 June 2017 Mildura Arts Centre, Australia Spectral Ecologies is an exhibition of photography, sound and video that explores the landscape of the Mallee through the idea of the “cinematic”, asking how does cinema create a particular way of seeing? The artists, Sam Nightingale and… Continue Reading

El Paso

  I spent some time in El Paso a couple of years ago. It was clear to see how entwined it is culturally, socially and economically with the Mexican city of Juárez which sits just across the Rio Grande. A wall between these two cities will be destructive and divisive on so many levels. These… Continue Reading

PRACTISING DEEP TIME RESIDENCY

PRACTISING DEEP TIME RESIDENCY

TimeSpan, Helmsdale, Far North Scotland November 2016 TimeSpan’s Residency Focus: Deep Time moves beyond a human scale, beyond language, beyond fact. In Scotland’s Far North it can be seen in the geological and the nuclear: the peat bogs of the Flow country and the nuclear site of Dounreay. A consideration of deep time also suggests… Continue Reading

Preservation and Mutability: salt and the archive

Preservation and Mutability: salt and the archive

I have been thinking about salt a lot recently. Maybe a strange way to start a blog for the TIHR Archive Project but actually there are many connections between the qualities of salt and the archive. As an artist I often have the opportunity to put together concepts that at first appear disconnected. Salt and… Continue Reading

© Sam Nightingale 2017