Dark Matter – Auckland Art Gallery

Dark Matter is an exploration of the lens-based practice of Ann Shelton in which time, place, narrative, trauma and female authorship unfold in shifting and destabilising ways. Her engagement with the fragmented nature of the social body, particularly those of counter cultures, and those who are at the edges of culture both literally or as subjects in film or literature, has been the force behind major bodies of work from Redeye to Public Places. Other substantial works such as once more from the street and in a forest reveal the conceptual focus and psychological strategies Shelton brings in her dialogue with overlooked and unwanted histories. Works introduce clues to an uncertain narrative and they are destabilising in the sense of offering concrete clues to an unsolvable mystery.

Dark Matter includes new work created in the studio that reveals Shelton’s ability to recover the unseen and overlooked histories and bring them into the light of day. Shelton’s photographs are a locus for the unfolding of the deep investigations in which meaning always remains at one remove.

Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
jane says, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
jane says, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
jane says, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
jane says, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
everyone in the cinema is watching the prison, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
in a forest, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
in a forest, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
in a forest, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
in a forest, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
once more from the street, in a forest, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
once more from the street, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
room room, jane says, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
room room, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
room room, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
once more from the street, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
room room, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
once more from the street, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Public Places, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Public Places, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Public Places, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Public Places, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Public Places, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
K Hole, my friends are electric, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
my friends are electric, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
K Hole, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Public Places, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
technologies of the self (remote self-portraits), installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
my friends are electric, Redeye, technologies of the self (remote self-portraits), installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Public Places, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Redeye, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Redeye, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Abigail’s Party, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Abigail’s Party, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Abigail’s Party, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Abigail’s Party, my friends are electric, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
Abigail’s Party, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
the city of lead and gold, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
doublethink, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
a library to scale, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
a library to scale, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
a library to scale, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett
a library to scale, installation view, Auckland Art Gallery, 2016. Photo Sam Hartnett