Science and photography fuse in ‘The Undiscovered Nebulae’.
Ever wondered what the Universe looks like, way way out there? Conceptual photographer and science enthusiast Andie Pryce has.
Her musings have resulted in a stunning debut solo exhibition, The Undiscovered Nebulae: Travels in spacetime, officially opening Friday 6 April at Depot Artspace.
Drawing from the ubiquity of space photographs in popular culture The Undiscovered Nebulae explores space, time, distance, scale and the need for humans to label unimaginable things in an attempt to understand them.
As Pryce explains, “I love the sense of perspective that comes from looking up at the stars and knowing how small we really are in the scheme of things.”
“The works have developed out of my fascination with somewhere I can never go and where the scales are so vast that it’s difficult to wrap your head around it.”
The exhibition comprises 13.7 photographs, representing the age of the Universe - 13.7 billion years.
Pryce’s photographs were created with in-camera multiple exposures on 35mm slide film, scanned, and printed on aluminium.
The aluminium finish creates a unique experience for the viewer, the photographs are reflective and ultimately contemplative.
Each photograph references the notion that film does not lie, while also questioning reality.
“My art practice is fed by my curiosity and my drive to learn, which is in turn fed by voracious reading, and attending public lectures and talks on diverse subjects by scientists, artists and writers.”
“I want visitors to come away with a sense of wonder and curiosity about what is out there.”
Pryce will also host a special event in honour of International Dark Sky Week which this year runs from Sunday April 15 to Saturday April 21. Members of the public will be able to meet Pryce and engage in a discussion about dark skies, the wonder of the night sky and the importance of reducing light pollution.
New Zealand is host to one of only three certified IDA (International Dark Sky Association) Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world, Great Barrier Island.
Depot Artspace is thrilled to be presenting this thought-provoking exhibition of photographic works, that in effect blur the boundaries between art and science.
The Undiscovered Nebulae: Travels in spacetime will officially open on Friday 6 April, 5:30 – 7:00pm in the Main Gallery, Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence St, Devonport.
The Undiscovered Nebulae: Travels in spacetime will be exhibited in the Main Gallery between 31 March – 22 April 2018
In Conversation with Andie Pryce to celebrate International Dark Sky Week - Monday 16 April 6:00pm – 7:30pm
International Dark Sky Week was created in 2003 by high school student Jennifer Barlow, to help preserve the wonder of the night sky, and draws attention to problems associated with light pollution while promoting simple solutions for mitigation. It is held in April in the week of the new moon closest to Astronomy Day, and this year runs from Sunday April 15 to Saturday April 21, with the new moon on Monday April 16. Join Andie Pryce in a conversation about dark skies, stretching the mind and travels to find deep space. Register your interest HERE.
Dr. Andie Pryce has been image making for the last 30 years, with a love of nature and a science background joining as the starting point in most projects. She has work displayed in public buildings in New Zealand, and private collections in New Zealand, Australia and Canada.