Dylan Culhane: Transcendental Wayfaring

10 June - 26 August 2011

EB&Flow is pleased to announce Dylan Culhane's first London solo exhibition. Culhane experiments with multi exposure photography. His work features meticulous layering of multiple exposures on celluloid in the way a painter might build up brushstrokes of oil upon canvas.

 

In an age where the magic of photography is undeniably taken for granted, Dylan Culhane aims to challenge the tendency to equate photography with realism. He explains; "We are all chasing after reality with cameras, not realizing that the attempt to do so is futile and in fact obfuscating our understanding more than enlightening it."

 

He will be presenting a series of photgraphs which demonstrates an unique and personal representation of place. Many were taken in and around his native Cape Town. Photography is one of South Africa's most dynamic art forms yet gritty documentry images within the tradition of struggle have dominated Western perceptions entrenching a very one-dimensional view of the country and its art. Culhane aspires to push these boundaries of convention by embracing a fresh, experimental view of the country in his work and harnessing the sizzling zeitgeist.

 

Culhane regards the celluloid negative as a canvas, layering it with dabs, slits and shapes of light. In his new work he explores the tactility of working with paint and collage in multiple exposures. He works reductively by stripping layers of emulsion from the celluloid negative in a sequence of exposures dictated by the interplay of light and shadow on film. Drawing on a variety of influences including MC Escher, Japanese sumi-e painting and Op-Art, Culhane's work is distinctive in that wherever possible he resists the lure of digital manipulation, using oft-forgotten in-camera techniques to create provative imajes more akin to illustration, painting, or digitial design than photography. Steering clear of any single subject opens up the final product to an array of interpretations. The Buddist philosophy, specifically the idea that nothing is constant or fixed, also plays a strong influence in his work.