Trashscapes

Art Life , Exhibitions Feb 09, 2013 No Comments

From Sharne Wolff

Trashscapes is one of those intriguing words that doesn’t appear in any dictionary, but on first reading it, you think you have a pretty good idea of what it means. You’re probably wrong. Camera in hand, artist Katie Sorrenson documents the ordinary, useless and discarded objects found in everyday life and, with the use of digital technology, transforms them into fluid-like images which take on a brand new appearance. Although she’s photographed everything from clothes tossed over couches to chairs and boxes, sometimes the only clue is provided by the title of the work.

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To achieve the picture she desires, Sorrenson employs various methods including adjusting camera angles and speeds, and blending images – all of which creates the appearance of movement and the passing of time. The scant remains of human presence disappear in these works while hard lines and rough textures blur and become softer. Add Sorrenson’s graceful mix of colour and these pictures become inclined toward the romantic. The ‘trashscape’ morphs into a fresh embodiment of landscape.

Sorrenson is a recent graduate of Sydney College of the Arts and Trashcapes is her first solo show. The gallery’s project space features the work of fellow graduate, Karina Wikamto.

Until March 2
Artereal, Rozelle
Pic: Katie Sorrenson, Couch #2, 2012, digital print, edition of 5. Courtesy the artist and Artereal Gallery.

Sharne Wolff

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