an age of digital photography and Photoshop trickery, Maslen
& Mehra have found themselves immersed in traditional,
manual photographic techniques. Creating their photographic
work is quite a layered process. They start by photographing
the subject matter: for example, for the series in California/
Nevada, they photographed people in London and then fabricated
mirrored sculptures based on these original photographs. The
real people were photographed in busy urban areas such as
Liverpool Street Station and Oxford Street, London. They captured
the body language and movement of anonymous people in the
throes of their busy working lives.
The sculptures were then set up in various compositions in
different contexts and then re-photographed with a medium
format film camera. The resulting medium format transparencies
are drum-scanned to the maximum size files in order to create
high quality prints on aluminium or duratrans (transparency
for light-box). The large-scale light-boxes are re-cycled
and refurbished advertising displays from the London Underground.
They have chosen to re-use existing boxes, shifting the context
and meaning of a familiar urban object.
The solo exhibition by Maslen & Mehra, taking place at
Galeria Sicart Spain features work created in a diverse range
of locations. These include locations in London, Ramsey Island
Wales, Australia and the Mojave Desert and Redwood Forests
of Nevada and California, USA.
'As is announced metaphorically by the mirrored images. Nature
is much more vast and mighty. It marks the human beings living
within its realm, and not the other way around.' quote from
Mirrored - the photography of Maslen & Mehra by Eugen
Blume the Chief Curator of the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum
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