Surfaces Photography Project
The Surfaces Photography Project with Gary Woodley and Onya McCausland
This project, led by Onya McCausland and Gary Woodley in 2012, examined the material structures of surfaces and the physical complexities of the painted surface using extremely close-up photographic imaging. Students volunteered different paintings and drawings to be photographed using an HD DSL camera with a specially adapted (Gary-style) macro lens. The resulting photographic images documented materials in extreme close-up and high-definition detail, amplifying the physical properties of paint in relation to the mechanics of painting. Tiny physical structures buried within painting, the various textured surfaces of paper, the depths and structures of wood grain, the density of the fabric weave of canvas, the particular graininess of different coloured pigments were suddenly made hyper-visible. Onya and Gary realised that with this close-up visual knowledge of matter, new discoveries could be made about the materiality of painting.
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A sheet of A4 paper.
Fabriano 5 (rough)
Fabriano 5 (rough) with red ochre pigment rubbed into its surface.
Gesso ground with ‘structura’ – a Lascaux painting medium that gives extra texture to the ground.
Paintings and drawings
Nick’s Paintings – 2011
Oil paint paper on linen.
Mins Drawings, compressed charcoal on fabriano paper
Mins Graphite drawing on fabriano paper
Nadines Painting oil paint on copper
Rebeccas paintings; surfaces made to mimic other materials such as leather. most surfaces were primed and sanded multiple times.
Euns paintings consist of multiple layers of pigment in egg tempera built up slowly over time and then sanded back.
Nina worked on ply using layers of oil paint. the masked edge between parts of the painting is visible.
Alecs paintings are acrylic and marker pen on synthetic canvas