Opening 03.10.18 6-8pm
Artist Talks 25.10.18 6-7pm
V (Valentine) is concerned with the overlapping of the fantastic and the technological as a common model for science fiction imagery, as part of a broader exploration of the semiotics and logic of fiction, and the ways in which cultural references and handed down codes of representation can validate belief, trigger interpretations, and habituated ways of seeing.
V describes possible relationships between recognisable, but often unrelated, iconographies, and takes them through to their logical conclusions, through a series of photographic works. The trajectories of each group of imagery are guided by familiar mythological syntax of science fiction or fantasy world building. The key orienting components of these environments bear resemblance to things seen before; on computer screens, televisions, museums and in cinemas. Their ubiquity, in pop culture fiction, is approached, not as arbitrary, but as an expression of a higher symbolic system of a collectively shared visual language, imbued with mythical qualities; A system which is paradoxically confined to an existing vocabulary of the corporeal to describe itself, and is bound by its aesthetics, buried metaphors and networks of associations.
As existing fictional worlds are mapped and described, new worlds spring into being, between the fantastic and familiar.
Anna Pogossova is a Moscow born, Sydney based photomedia artist, whose work is concerned with the experience of familiarity in fiction. Her practice encompasses a number of mediums including, digital illustration, photography, painting and model-making. Since graduating from College of Fine Arts with a BFA (Hons) Degree in 2007, she has exhibited as part of Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award in 2011. She was the recipient of the Illford Photography Prize in 2005, as well as the Lucy Aspinall Photography Prize in 2007, and a finalist in the Head On Portrait Prize of the same year. Her solo exhibitions include: XV, 2015 Firstdraft Gallery Sydney, H, 2013 Gaffa Gallery Sydney. Most recently, Anna has completed a 5-week artist residency at Arts Letters and Numbers in New York.