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Guest Relations – A preview with Q&A of the new upcoming exhibition by artist Robyn Stacey
The countries have exploded and collided with globalization of cultures, and various cosmopolis and their fast-paced lifestyles have made it is very easy for us to get distracted and treat each novelty as a mere speck on the horizon.
But then once in a while we stop, gaze, harden the gaze, and stay perplexed by an object, which may be a part of nature’s or an man-made art.
And recently, a photo of an upcoming art exhibition caught our fancy, and that somehow reminded us of the movie Inception, in a good, positive way that is.
The exhibition titled Guest Relations by renowned award winning artist Robyn Stacey is a look at private spaces, but with a difference.
And the way the external world enters the inner most private space of a being’s surroundings, it is no wonder that the photos of this Art exhibition makes one philosophize about the notion of what if?
What if the world was upside down?
What if what we thought as personal, was instead public?
What if with the magic of a camera the concept of space could totally be altered?
And post our interview with the artist, I am obliged to say, that it due to mankind’s persistent hankering after that idea of what if that the humans are capable of producing objects of beauty and lure.
And by the looks of it, Robyn’s exhibition sets firm to do just that: lure us into a creative world of its own.
Excerpts from the Q&A — artist Robyn Stacey with Joseph Rana.
JR: We live in an age and time where the internet has reduced the populaces’ reaction – to something wonderful or new – from an excited ‘wow’ or a mere ‘huh!’ What unique elements do you think this exhibition offers that will appeal to the social fabric of the culture it is being exhibited in?
RS: The images in the series Guest Relations, present the world to us, but not as we know it, skyscrapers hang from the ceiling, a young woman consults her I-phones on a bed of clouds, another is curled up on a bed that hovers under the war memorial.
This upside down and reverse world is created not by sophisticated expensive technology but by a hole the size of a twenty cent piece in a darkened room that allows the outside world in, plastering the walls, ceiling and floor with the streets, parks, and cityscapes outside the room.
JR: Can you tell me a bit about the technique, camera obscura, from the perspective of you deciding to choose it for this exhibition?
RS: Given that hotels are often about location and the views they offer the ability to bring the outside world into the room through the camera obscura seemed a perfect fit.
The fleeting nature of the image created by the camera obscura works well in exploring the transient nature of the guest experience. If you turn on the light in the room the camera obscura ceases to exist, so it has a quite magical, ephemeral quality.
It is totally dependent on the sun and its position in the sky, the image may have a life span of between 40 minutes to a couple of hours and then it will disappear as the sun changes it position.
JR: Do the photographs/exhibition have any running theme(s)?
RS: The theme of Guest Relations is about exploring the ephemeral, expressed through the transient nature of the hotel experience and demonstrated by the use of the camera obscura, which has a very fleeting existence of a few hours at most.
This exciting new exhibition opens in Sydney, at Stills Gallery, running from October 9 to November 9.
By Joseph Rana