Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Kevin Newark's Protoplasm

I discovered Kevin Newark's wonderfully sculptural series Protoplasm today. As he explains:

"My practice resonates around the themes of space, time, anxiety and displacement. In photographing discarded plastic carrier bags found in the canals of East London, I looked to find some solace for the exiled soul of the plastic bag. After short, useful lives, discarded plastic bags enter into a perpetual state of retirement, their spent utility a metaphor for our own mortal anxiety, whereas the demise of plastic is a distant, uncertain prospect. The moment of disclosure (cognition) is delayed to induce a sense of disorientation allowing the viewer to disassociate themselves from the dogma of optical faith."

All photographs from the series Protoplasm

All Images © Kevin Newark