Jason Oddy: New Photographs
27 May - 26 June, 2004
Frederieke Taylor gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new photographs by British artist Jason Oddy. This is the artist's second exhibition at the gallery. Jason Oddy's photographs consider the built environment as a site where humanity expresses some of its deepest beliefs. His arresting portrayals of empty spaces ask us to contemplate the meanings that the man-made world contains.
In this exhibition, Oddy presents eight large-scale color works. Drawn from visits to the Pentagon, Guantanamo Bay and the United Nations, as well as to a car museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, they hint at an underlying structure which if nowhere exactly evident is certainly everywhere present. By focusing on places whose very fabric is ingrained with power, these images force us to reflect on the complex and sometimes problematic relationship we have with architectural space. Oddy's previous work on Soviet sanatoria, the cryonics industry, a Nazi holiday resort and homes of the recently deceased, alludes to the futility of any attempt to systematize our surroundings.
In this exhibition he continues this theme, inviting us to look anew at man's never-ending quest to construct the world.
If his pictures of the Pentagon evoke the clumsy expression of brute power and his portrayals of the UN hint at an anticipated global order, then his single image of Guantanamo Bay rounds off the story. Here we see empire - both man's over the world and the US's over contemporary politics - at its last gasp. Overblown and overstretched it is reduced to an impoverished, shoddily constructed 'throne' watching over an empty sea.
Jason Oddy received graduate degrees from University College London. He has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States, including at the Photographers' Gallery in London, Galerie Serieuze Zaken in Amsterdam, La Lettre Volee in Brussels, Paris Photo, and the Royal Pump Rooms Museum in Leamington Spa, England.