Aim & Fire DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery, 18th October 2013 – 12th January 2014
“Aim”, “shoot” and “fire”; the language of the gun is shared with that of photography and film. It’s not surprising that the camera and gun evolved together. In the 1880’s cameras with sequential frames for time and motion studies were made from modified guns with a rotating disc of light sensitive film recording in the place of the bullet that would have frozen motion.
Locus+, in partnership with NEPN and Durham Art Gallery are proud to present Aim & Fire, the first solo exhibition of work by Sarah Pickering in the North East. Aim & Fire will include works from Explosion, Fire Sceneand Incident as well as Celestial Objects, a new commission by Locus+, in partnership with the North East Photography Network.
Celestial Objects, by Sarah Pickering, has been made by photographing a revolver fired in total darkness. Each photographic exposure captures the entirety of a gunshot from start to finish.
The gap between truth and what we understand to be truth is a fascination that runs through Pickering’s practice. The Celestial Objectsseries continues this investigation, referencing images of deep space, cinematic special effects and the skies of Romantic painters such as John Martin, positioning itself between the objective facts of a documentary photograph and imagined reality.