Big Bang, Big Bucks: The burning work of Geoffrey H. ShortSunday, January 30th, 2011 | Author: Sojournposse Editor
By Zarina Holmes
‘Big Bang, Big Bucks’ at Diemar/Noble Photography Gallery is a thought-provoking study on two powerful objects – money and fire explosions – which are possibly the most demonised and misunderstood forces in modern human history.
‘Big Bang, Big Bucks‘ is the latest exhibition curated by Michael Diemar and Laura Noble, which is showing from 14th Jan until 12th March, 2011 at the Diemar/Noble Photography Gallery in London.
The show is divided in two parts: ‘Big Bang’ is a series of fire explosions titled ‘towards another (big bang) theory’ by photographer Geoffrey H. Short, while ‘Big Bucks’ is a study on money by Nikolai Ishchuk.
Short, flown in from hometown Auckland, New Zealand, to present his work which was nominated for the Lacoste Elysée Prize 2010.
‘Big Bang‘ explores our innate awe and terror of the forces that we perceive as supernatural and beyond our control, thus elevated to become “sublime”.
Short explained: “There is an element of metaphysical about them [fire explosions]. Things beyond [our] understanding.”
“Anything that can kill you can be fascinating.”
He was referring to Edmund Burke’s philosophy which defines the sublime as ‘what has the power to compel and destroy us’.
The series were shot near Auckland city in a period of over two years, involving a team of explosive technicians.
‘Big Bang‘ images are presented in huge format so the viewer can see more details as they get closer to the photographs.
Like gazing at the clouds in the sky, the explosions become unidentifiable shapes that invite us to “see” imaginary objects.
Some of them resemble pleasant heart shape and inferno bouquet, while others remind us of hell scenes and folding horror skies often depicted in classical paintings.
There is a strong painterly feel to Short’s work that echoes influences from the Romantic works of J.W.Turner and Caspar David Friedrich, and Pop Art’s Roy Lichtenstein.‘Big Bang, Big Bucks’ also reminds me of another force just as volatile and powerful, yet impossible to resist – our all-consuming passion, perfectly described in this sonnet:
“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.”
(William Shakespeare. “Romeo and Juliet”, 2.3)
Diemar/Noble Photography Gallery will be holding the ‘Collecting Photography & The Photography Market‘ seminar on 12 February 2011.Categories: Photo Galleries, Photographers Spotlight, Photography, Storytelling, The Review | Tags: Big Bang Big Bucks, curator, Diemar/Noble Photography, Edmund Burke, Geoffrey H. Short, J.W.Turner, Lacoste Elysee Prize, Nikolai Ishchuk, Pop Art, Romanticism, Roy Lichtenstein