11.2 C
Byron Shire
May 15, 2021

Portraits of mortality on show at Tweed gallery

Latest News

Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

Other News

Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Rod McNicol, Jack, 2006, from the series A portrait revisited: 1986–2006, pigment ink-jet print, 45 x 30cm (each image).
Rod McNicol, Jack, 2006, from the series A portrait revisited: 1986–2006, pigment ink-jet print, 45 x 30cm (each image).

The first survey exhibition of work by acclaimed Melbourne portrait photographer Rod McNicol is currently showing at Tweed Regional Gallery till 24 May.

The Monash Gallery of Art travelling exhibition Rod McNicol: memento mori highlights the work of one of Australia’s most enduring and important portrait photographers, according to gallery director Susi Muddiman.

Ms Muddiman said the gallery has had a long association with Rod McNicol through one of its major initiatives, the biennial Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture in which the photographer has been a finalist many times.

His work Eddi Stileto (1985 + 2005) was acquired for the gallery’s collection through the Olive Cotton Award in 2005.

The exhibition, Ms Muddiman says, comprises works spanning more than three decades, ‘providing a compelling account of an artist deeply connected to his community and the genre of portraiture’.

From his earliest black-and-white prints through to recent colour portraits, McNicol uses photography to highlight ideas of mortality.

Exhibition curator Stephen Zagala said ‘like Richard Avedon, McNicol uses uniform lighting and monochrome backdrops to isolate his sitters and foreground their physical vulnerability: these matter-of-fact portraits function as witnesses to the inescapable passing of time’.

Collection of the artist Rod McNicol, Kirat, 2011, from the series Newcomers to my village, pigment ink-jet print 60 x 45cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Rod McNicol, Kirat, 2011, from the series Newcomers to my village, pigment ink-jet print 60 x 45cm. Courtesy of the artist.

The exhibition liner notes say: ‘McNicol has photographed hundreds of people with relentless uniformity. They all look at the camera with a similar expression against the soft hue of McNicol’s studio backdrop, bathed in the uniform light of clerestories and skylights. Each body occupies precisely the same part of the photographic frame’.

His work has earned a string of prestigious awards including the National Photographic Portrait Prize (2012) and the Australian Photographic Portrait Prize (2004). McNicol recently won the inaugural DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize for his portrait of actor Jack Charles.

Born in Melbourne in 1946, McNicol attended the Prahran College where he studied photography during the early 1970s. His work is held in many major collections, including Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris), Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, National Library (Canberra), Monash Gallery of Art (Melbourne) and Tweed Regional Gallery.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.