'Mystery Box' is a group exhibition by Denise Durkin (monoprints), James Gilberd (photograms and photographs) and Phillipa Durkin (Conservation - open studio). 'Mystery Box' runs in rooms 3 & 4 of Photospace Gallery, from its opening day of 30 March to 20 April. Camus Wyatt's 'Blue Sonata' series continues in Room 1 of the gallery, also till 20 April.
Denise Durkin will be showing a couple of larger, framed monoprints from her life drawing sessions at Inverlochy Art School, and a number of small (5" square) monoprints, (unique prints) which will be for sale loose at an extremely reasonable price. www.denisedurkinartwork.com
James Gilberd will be showing some photograms in Room 3, with Denise's prints. Photograms are made in the darkroom by placing objects on light-sensitive photographic paper and shining a light down onto them, then developing the paper.
This series is called 'Mandala'. The individual photograms were exposed to light for 88 seconds and are a limited edition of 16 prints, $88 each. The negative prints (black on white) are made by contact-printing from a positive print, and are part of the same series of 16 prints, maximum.
Just to clear it up, these photograms are not made from doilies! Actually, the object used was an ornate silver dish found in an opp shop and bought for a dollar.
In addition, there is a set of recent colour digital photos entitled 'Mystery box'. , displayed in the office. This work is along similar lines to James Gilberd's previous exhibition 'A coffee break' - see review on PhotoForum NZ's site.