Gayle Chong Kwan – The Obsidian Isle – Street Level Photoworks – Friday 9th December 2011

The Obsidian Isle is the latest exhibition by Gayle Chong Kwan, it documents a fictional island off the west coast of Scotland on which reside one country’s lost and destroyed buildings and places.

The exhibition consists of large scale photographs which show Kwan’s imaginary settings which he has created. The scenery is beautifully crafted and uses found objects such as small twigs and grape stems to represent shrubbery and foliage.

The colours of the photographs is also well observed, the actual scenes consist of muted tones such as muddy greens, browns, greys and blacks. However the background consists of purples and pinks to represent an almost apocalyptic  skyline.

In the exhibition there were also a series of photographs that were designed for the visually impaired. They were almost reliefs and entirely black although they were shiny which made it seem as if they were made of tar.


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