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PublishedApril 11, 2017 at 02:42pm
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Anne Noble

No Vertical SongCentre for Contemporary Photography, Photography, Victoria, Australia
Friday March 24, 2017 - Sunday May 7, 2017 - Event ended.

Internationally renowned New Zealand artist, Anne Noble, has developed a number of projects in recent years concerned with bees, global species loss and the revitalization of human relationships to complex living systems. Her work with bees draws on her experience as a beekeeper. Noble sees the bees as a species indicator - both as a living system under stress, a reminder of our part in the global environmental crises we face and also a warning, as she says..." maybe what is happening to the bees we are also doing to ourselves'.

Image: Anne Noble, Dead Bee Portrait #1 2016, Pigment on Canson Baryta paper, courtesy the artist
ANNE NOBLE Bee Wing Morphology #6, 2015 original tintype/silver emulsion on coated aluminium 30 x 24.5 x 6.5 cm
Anne Noble, Dead Bee Portrait #6, 2015, pigment print on archival paper, 915 x 1165 mm
Anne Noble, Dead Bee Portrait #2, 2015, pigment print on archival paper, 915 x 1165 mm
Anne Noble, Dead Bee Portrait #4, 2015, pigment print on archival paper, 915 x 1165 mm
Anne Noble, Dead Bee Portrait #7, 2015, pigment print on archival paper, 915 x 1165 mm
Anne Noble, Dead Bee Portrait #8, 2015, pigment print on archival paper, 915 x 1165 mm
Anne Noble, Dead Bee Portrait #10, 2015, pigment print on archival paper, 915 x 1165 mm
ANNE NOBLE Bee Wing Morphology #5, 2015 original tintype/silver emulsion on coated aluminium 30 x 24.5 x 6.5 cm
ANNE NOBLE Bee Wing Morphology #1, 2015 original tintype/silver emulsion on coated aluminium 30 x 24.5 x 6.5 cm
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Anne Noble, Dead Bee Portrait #8, 2015, pigment print on archival paper, 915 x 1165 mm

Anne Noble, Dead Bee Portrait #8, 2015, pigment print on archival paper, 915 x 1165 mm.

No Vertical Song comprises a series of portraits of dead bees, installed as if populating an imaginary museum of the future from a time when the bee no longer exists. The portraits were made using a scanning electron microscope, an image making process that employs the element gold to stimulate the tracing of a surface by an electron beam. As alchemic as silver based photography, these processes produce images that are hauntingly beautiful pointers to a silent future scenario. Included in the exhibition are two 3D prints created from the photographs — ghost like points of reference for a memory from the future.

No Vertical Song will be presented at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy, along side the video installation Reverie, and extensive public programs at St Mark's church, Fitzroy, as part of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 festival.

Anne Noble is one of New Zealand’s most respected photographers. Her substantial body of work spans landscape, documentary and installations that incorporate both still and moving images. She often works in series enabling her to explore the medium and its possibilities in great depth.

Since 2001, Noble has been researching and photographing Antarctica. She is exploring the cultural construction of place through imagination and depiction. Moving away from the traditional photographer’s role as companion to exploratory and surveying teams, and questioning the tendency to frame the Antarctic landscape as heroic, picturesque or sublime, Noble is searching for appropriate forms of representation in light of our current, rather than historical, relationship to place.

In 1998, Noble embarked on a series of photographs of Ruby’s room (Anne’s daughter), her toys, and spectacular close-ups of her mouth. The works expand Ruby's mouth in many guises to a scale that is at once scary, comical and heroic. Lush, large, and electric in colour, the photographs are of imaginary disembodied physical and sensory experience.

In 2001 The Dunedin Public Art Gallery curated a major retrospective of her work. The resulting exhibition States of Grace, toured New Zealand 2001 – 2003. In 2005 and 2006 her work featured in exhibitions at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, in Berlin and the Patio Herreriano in Spain.

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