By Mick Jensen
An immersive visual experience is on offer at the recently opened Variations for Troubled Hands exhibition at Ashburton Art Gallery.
Artist Steve Carr has used inventive camera and film technology and brought a number of projects together for the exhibition, which takes over all spaces at the gallery.
Carr’s photographic display called Study For Cadence uses high speed photography to follow the hand movements of an emerging ballet dancer.
Two other projects take over the large Colin Redmond gallery, including Transpiration, a six channel projection installation featuring a time lapse study of flowers soaking up dye.
The filming takes place over a 24 hour period, but is condensed into 15 minutes.
“It’s transmitted over an endless loop, so there is no start or end,” said Steve Carr.
He said the work invited the public to an enjoy an “immersive experience” that was constantly changing.
He said the experience could not be photographed and people needed to be in the space to appreciate it.
A second exhibition in the main gallery was called American Night and used a filter to simulate a night scene with surrealist connections.
Another offering, in the smaller Carr Family Gallery, is an eye tricking, 12 screen exhibition that focuses on mag wheels.
Carr said it was a study of “the wagon wheel effect”and was achieved through altering the camera shutter rate.