The exhibition brings together a selection of digital and hand printed silver gelatine prints, dating from different stages of Stanney’s artistic practice in his native Lancashire and, more recently, London. Exploring the theme of Psychogeography, Stanney documents settings as he encounters them by chance. In accordance with the method of Psychogeography, defined by Guy Debord in 1955 as ‘the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals’, Stanney’s creative process is an attempt to record in pictures the individual universe of subjectivity. Depicting fragments of urban backdrops, such as remnants of wall-posters, often torn to the unrecognisable, the individual prints are expressions of time passed and the continuous interaction between the city and its population.
‘Photographic Works’ is the artist’s third solo exhibition (past exhibitions include St Pancras Hospital and Red Gallery, both 2013) and the first to include works featuring on the official Hasselblad website.
“Andrew Stanneys photography documents parts of this fascinating world. Here are the remnants of communication, silent, their voices irreparably changed, occupying depopulated spaces. They are function mutated with age. Silent witnesses to the millions of that once past, they haunt their subterranean world, glaring patiently from the walls. As posters, they insist they should be taken as reality, but are too damaged to make a cohesive statement. From close up, it becomes clear that the referential reality of the photographs to paintings is a fiction, an effect of the ageing process that produced them, however the entire body of work records an orphanage of oddities, frozen forever in compositional decay, producing strange juxtapositions and unlikely meaning. Like the still life painters of the past Andrew Stanneys photography calls attention to the significance of things, whose significance we have missed, a photographic post mortem.”
Darren Coffield, London