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Trent Parke: The Crimson Line

October 31, 2019 - November 23, 2019

Trent Parke, Factory 04, 2019, from The Crimson Line. Pigment print, edition of 8, 108 x 162cm. Courtesy: the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.

 

Infused with deep red hues, Trent Parke’s new photographs could be mistaken for forensic evidence from a crime scene. At first glance, miasmic curls of red vapour twisting upwards appear like drops of blood slowly expanding in water. Looking closer, the red vapour is revealed to be clouds of pollution pumping from a factory smokestack and tinted red by the sun.

Gradients of crimson unfolding across the sky during sunrise and sunset are a major influence on Parke’s new work. Expanding on his favoured themes, particularly the transition between light and shadow, Parke’s latest photographs continue to reflect on the industrial landscape and the passing of time.

In addition to the images of billowing factory emissions are shots of cargo ships and stacked shipping containers, each set against a backdrop of dramatically searing sky. Investigating crimson even further, for Colonies of the Cochineal (2019) Parke traced commercial production of the colour back to its source – a tiny insect that makes its home on the prickly pear cactus.

 

Briony Downes

First published in Art Collector issue 90, Oct-Dec 2019

 

Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Thursday 31 October 2019

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Details

Start:
October 31, 2019
End:
November 23, 2019

Hugo Michell Gallery
Phone:
+61 8 8331 8000
Email:
mail@hugomichellgallery.com
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Hugo Michell Gallery
260 Portrush Rd
Beulah Park, SA Australia
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Details

Start:
October 31, 2019
End:
November 23, 2019

Hugo Michell Gallery
Phone:
+61 8 8331 8000
Email:
mail@hugomichellgallery.com
View Website

Hugo Michell Gallery
260 Portrush Rd
Beulah Park, SA Australia
+ Google Map