Curated by Serena Bentley, Wall of Seahorsel features one new and one recent series of work by New Zealand-based artist Yvonne Todd. The exhibition focuses and elaborates upon the more experimental strains of the photographer's practice.
Included in the exhibition is Todd's 2009 series The Wall of Man, comprised of twelve seemingly banal portraits of 'businessmen' (who are in fact amateur models that Todd recruited through advertising in local circulars). Her signature commercial photography techniques imbue the works with an insidious strangeness—sitters' eyes burn too bright and small faults like missing fingers become apparent.
This strangeness is taken to the extreme in Seahorsel, a new series of large-scale photographs. Seahorsel features costumed inhabitants of an invented community whose connectivity is suggested through a series of nonsensical dance moves. These 'illogical actions' convey an uneasiness more overt than that found in The Wall of Man, in turn making the comparative ordinariness of the senior male executives seem strange.
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