Velocity is an exhibition of new photographic work by Paul Freinkel and Michael Smith. The show sees the artists exploring visual phenomena, each contemplating motion within established conceptual concerns. In both bodies of work, the tension between the still, photographed image and the movement of their subjects produces fertile terrain for contemplation.
Freinkel ’s images, with their rich tones of black and blue, are part of a body of work that explores photographically the interplay of movement between phenomena and how it grounds perception. The images touch on a rich variety of references: Colourfield Painting’s all-over compositions, sonar scan images’ ghostly figuration, even the striations of digital imagery. All these allusions are, however, grounded in the knowledge that Freinkel ‘s are photographs of everyday observed phenomena.
Smith’s close-ups of smoke have as their central concern an interest in the body. “Smoke is quite anthropomorphic: moving like limbs and also ultimately dispersing like the body. These works continue an interest in the body’s dissipation through eating disorders, and contemplate the skewed contemporary sense of body aesthetics, the images often suggesting skeletal forms and X-rays of bones.”
Collaborating in the show is Paris based composer, musician and artist David Hykes. Recorded versions of Hykes’s deeply meditative harmonic chant accompany the visual images on exhibition.