Framed Black Hole fig 1to4
Framed Black Hole fig 1-4 (5"x4") 2020, silver gelatin unique print. Exhibited in To the Edge of Time, KU University Library Galleries, Leuven/ Kunst Leuven
Framed Black Hole detail 02
Framed Black Hole fig 1-4 (5"x4") 2020, silver gelatin unique print
Framed Black Hole detail 03
Framed Black Hole fig 1-4 (5"x4") 2020. Welded Metal frame with gun metal patina
Framed Black Hole detail
Framed Black Hole detail fig 4 (5"x4") 2020. Welded Metal frame with gun metal patina
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Black Hole #1 2017 approx 90cm x90cm, silver gelatin unique print, framed and float mounted in perspex case
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Black Hole #2 2017 approx 90cm x90cm, silver gelatin unique print, framed and float mounted in perspex case
Black Hole low res-3
Black Hole #3 2017 approx 90cm x90cm, silver gelatin unique print, framed and float mounted in perspex case

Black Hole (unique works) Silver gelatin paper exposed and shot through by gunfire.

Black Hole

In a building known as the Black Hole, gun barrels are fired under pressure to assess their safety to the user. Established by an act of Parliament in 1813 for compulsory proof testing firearms, the firing process in this purpose built facility has remained unchanged for over 200 years. The thick walled brick building is cavernous, dark and dusty, shuttered to vent out smoke and keep the intense noise levels contained. Along one side of the blackened, substantial walls lies a ridged ledge for placing the gun barrels on, daisy chained with fuse wire and filled with high-pressure shot. Directly opposite the ledge where the barrels are lined up is a high pile of sand to absorb the ballistics.

For this eponymous body of work, the Black Hole was turned into a camera obscura where sheets of unexposed silver gelatin photographic paper were stretched across frames intercepting live ammunition from the gun barrels. These camera-less photographs trace the impact, heat and illumination of the explosive shot and bullets fired directly into the light sensitive paper. The impact of the gunshot has ripped apart the paper and the fragments are partially reassembled in some Black Hole works; smaller individual prints are framed mounts and have a cosmic appearance referencing early astronomical photographic plates or a firing range target. As with the Celestial Objects series where the camera is a witness to the gun with stellar effect, in Black Hole the photographic paper directly records the violence and energy of gunfire, and its synergy with the photographic process.

 

Film Shoot is 16mm film that has been shot and exposed by gunfire at the Proof House in Whitechapel. Spliced and reprinted, this forms a looped film imaging violence and destruction, connecting the evolution of the 16mm camera & projector to the machine gun.