24-25 Sept, 28-30 Sept, 1-2 Oct
Watt Space Gallery
Explore questions about impermanence and personal narratives of place through the found, made and photographed artefacts of deep-sea explorations and subterranean passages in an exhibition, performance and book launch of recent works from artist Izabela Pluta.
The exhibition presents photographic materials, printing processes and strategies for viewing that rupture and unsettle. Pluta moves between making silver gelatin prints, digital colour photographs, large scale photocopies and as well as using early photographic techniques such as cyanotype, together with aluminium surfaces, as structures to stage disorienting encounters with pictures.
This event will be held in conjunction with the launch of Pluta’s new artist book – Nihilartikel – which is referential to the exhibited work while distinctly autonomous in its own right. The German term nihilartikel describes intentional errors or fictitious entries in reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and directories, made to identify copies. For Pluta, the idea that the term itself could be a hoax and that fictional items might reside in a volume of perceived knowledge is a way of grappling with concepts of authenticity, knowledge-making, photographic representation and the mediation of scientific artefacts through art.
The heritage Northumberland House building, home to The University of Newcastle Watt Space Gallery, will host a sound performance that echoes across Civic Park in spoken word annotations. These disassociated terms further explore the untethered, unhinged meanings originating from a dictionary of geography, now dislocated from their original intent. The artist book, published by Perimeter Editions, operates as a companion to the exhibition, whereas in the broader schema, it builds on the themes, flows and echoes reverberating through Pluta’s broader practice.
Photo credit: Izabela Pluta in the studio, by Anna Kucera