If you’re interested in experiencing a photographic experience like you may not have before, we suggest you get along to Dark Matter, which opens at Whangarei’s The Shutter Room on July 31.
The exhibition experiments with print manipulation, 3D collage, as well as moving image and showcases the work of three artists: Megan Bowers-Vette, Rebecca Evans, and Jade Morgan. Combining the three photographers’ interests, the showcase will include elements of fashion, environmental activism, architecture, cars, and cats. Themes explored focus on the possibility that ‘something in the metaphysical existence of life has gone ultimately wrong’, as well as themes of darkness and fear. We found out more about each photographer’s background and bring you a sample of what you’re likely to experience at the exhibition.
Megan Bowers-Vette was one of 10 recipients of the Kingsize Studios Photographic Scholarship in 2014 and has worked as a freelance photographer for 15 years. She’s contributed to the Northern Advocate, NZ Herald, NZ Gardener, and plenty more, as well as shooting for Remix and Girlfriend magazines. Although she works across several styles, she says her main group of clients are in the realm of fashion and commercial photography. Bowers-Vette is also the founder of The Shutter Room (where the exhibition will be showcased), which she describes as a community photography gallery and lighting studio, supporting the wide community of photographers in Northland.
Rebecca Evans has previously held a solo exhibition at The Shutter Room titled Architecture, as well as appearing in a variety of group exhibitions at the same location including Abstracted, Land for Sale, The Business of Photography, and Photo Works. Her work has also appeared in such publications as Petrolhead magazine, Whangarei Leader, and back in 2009 she was published as a competition winner in D-Photo.
Jade Morgan is a digital-media artist who works in various mediums including digital imaging, photo manipulation, digital art, video art, and motion graphics. She’s had her work showcased in a solo exhibition in Whangarei in the form of the Finlayson Street installation titled The Missing Child in 2014. Her group exhibition resume includes such exhibitions as Perceptions of Light, Land for Sale, Abstracted, The Laboratorium, and plenty more. She’s also had her film work screened at the Northland Amateur Film Festival in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Dark Matter runs from July 31–September 5 at The Shutter Room. More information can be found at facebook.com/TheShutterRoom.