CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY

Centre for Contemporary Photography 404 George Street, Fitzroy Words - J Forsyth

Photos - Bindy Bassingthwaighte, J Forsyth

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If Melbourne Arts Club were a kid and not a publication, we would be nerds, cool nerds but nerds none the less.  CCP would be that hot kid, effortlessly cool, who can make your heart skip with a polite smile (probably because you're staring and making them uncomfortable). We wouldn’t date because M.A.C would be too scared and life would go on, moving in different circles.

But because we are a publication and CCP is an art gallery we get to share a plutonic story, and instead of fleeting glances CCP shares amazing contemporary photography with us all.

CCP makes Melbourne Arts Club weak at the knees with EVERY exhibition.

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Thursday 7 January saw CCP opened their doors for the first time in 2014.  All galleries firing, art lovers braved the rising temperatures in honour of contemporary photography.

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Gallery one Wellington, Mathieu Gallois Fills the space elegantly.  A traditional hanging of black frames lines the right wall guiding you through the space.

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Gallery Two A Taste of Ashes Fills the Air Jean-Francois Guiton, Tasmin Green, Alex Monteith, Mario Pfeifer is your second port a call.  A series of projections and screens in the darkened gallery move you from wall to wall in an unusual way, creating a box like feeling as you change direction to view the screens to projections.

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Gallery Three Continuous Moment: Sordid’s Hotel Damiano Bertoli is a must.  The use of colour, line and texture makes the space seem much larger than it is, I could have sat staring at the patterns and shiny  surfaces all day.

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Gallery 4 Three Angles, Sandra Parker (with Rhian Hinkley) featured an integrated camera and lighting set-up, which caught my attention. A projection of 'behind-the-scenes' facing an empty chair sends the mind to thoughts of perception, placement and interaction with our environment.  Turning to read about the installation I learnt “…The work stems from Parker's interest in the relationship between perception and physical proximity, and explores how where we situate ourselves spatially changes the physical, psychological and emotional interaction between one individual and another.”

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BOOM!

All exhibitions close on Sunday 23 March, 2014.  More info on each show and the gallery at www.ccp.org.au

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