"The Insufficient Photograph"
Vivian Cooper Smith
Opening: Wednesday 30 August, 6-8pm
Dates: 30 August – 23 September 2017
The insufficient photograph does not seek to describe anything more than it own existence. It resists the principle of sufficient photography that presupposes all can and will be photographed in an apparently benign, democratic utopia of infinite image. It resists its own desire to reveal, to represent, to frame, and to know. It challenges what came before. It challenges before itself. It takes no position before the world but is of the world.
The insufficient photograph comes from and remains within a reworking, a returning and a turning over; it begins again and again. It is a process within a process with an outcome that could not be seen. It is image, apparatus and body entangled and contingent.
The insufficient photograph lives a generic subjectivity; a common photography through a singular photograph. It is a photograph as itself and as all photographs.
Vivian Cooper Smith is a photo-artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Born in New Zealand, he lived in Bangladesh, India, and Perth before moving to Melbourne in 1999. He has exhibited extensively across Australia and is known for his conceptual approach to photography. His recent work thinks through the photographic process; navigating the possibilities of dismantling representationalism and highlighting the agency of the viewer.
Recent solo exhibitions include 'Apparition Apparatus' at Galerie pompom, Sydney and Turner Galleries, Perth; 'Concrete Compositions' at Fort Delta, Melbourne (2015) and 'Anchorage' at Galerie pompom, Sydney (2014). In 2015 Smith was included in the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair and a group exhibition at Galerie Pavlova, Berlin. He has been a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award and the Bowness Photography Prize and in 2013 was the winner of the CCP Salon Patrick Corrigan AM Acquisitive Award. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Fine Arts (Research) at the Victorian College of the Arts and is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.
Vivian is represented by Galerie pompom, Sydney.