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Close to Darkness
Edda Jones and Russell Burden
21- 24 June 2012
Open daily from 3 – 8 pm
Private View: 21st June 2012 at 6pm
"Light is the secret being of things and entities. The essential matter of things is light. But the essential matter, the spiritual matrix of all that appears, is not the matter that appears to us.
Massimo Scaligero, “La Luce” (The Light), Lindisfarne Books, 2001
Inspired by the writings of esotericist Massimo Scaligero, Close to Darkness is a collaborative exploration of duality and polarity – ranging from the interface between lightness & darkness and positive & negative to the realm of the seen & unseen and the heard & unheard.
Working in the mediums of photography and sound, Edda Jones and Russell Burden create a sensory experience in a darkened space. Visitors enter in near total darkness to be enveloped in a cloud of sound. The natural sharpening of the senses then help them to slowly discover the faintly glowing still images on the walls – which will become fully revealed as eyes grow accustomed to the darkness.
The work draws parallels between the photographic process and that of retinal translation, and considers abstraction both as a matter of magnitude and as the product of time and place.
Edda Jones lives and works in Dover, Kent. She has worked in the medium of analogue photography since 2006 and explores the abstraction that emerges in intimate closeness to the object – objects not tampered with, set in their given surroundings and photographed under the given light conditions at the moment they are found. More information here.
Supported by Grants for the Arts