4 – 20 June 2021
An exhibition of handcrafted New Zealand landscape prints in platinum-palladium, carbon, gum-bichromate and cyanotype.
Clook uses these labour and time intensive historical processes for their subtle tonal range and luminosity to make his prints with atmosphere and mystery that will stand the test of time. “I love the mix of science and hands-on crafting a print over several days and sometimes weeks.”
Working with medium and large format film cameras, Clook’s prints are a unique expression of the beauty and the sublime that can be found in the NZ landscape where the viewer can find time for quiet and contemplation in today’s hectic modern world.
Talking Culture – Artist Talk: 5pm Sat 12 June
Stuart will be giving an artist talk about his work.
The exhibition is being accompanied with platinum printing workshops on the weekends during the exhibition.
An exhibition of handcrafted New Zealand landscape prints in platinum-palladium, carbon, gum bichromate and cyanotype.
My photography and print making are influenced by the late 19thcentury Pictorial and Tonalism movements where I use the photographic printing processes of this time with contemporary materials to make landscape prints in platinum palladium, carbon transfer, cyanotype and gum bichromate. These historical processes renowned for their subtle tonal range, luminosity, and inherent permanence are labour and time-intensive yet rewarding and addictive with endless creative possibilities. This help Stuart use the full photographic syntax to make prints with atmosphere, beauty and mystery in a uniquely personal way that will stand the test of time.
Stuart explores these hands on processes and loves the fact that serendipity is close by and can often play her part in the final outcome making for truly unique handmade photographic prints.
Stuart’s goal is to inspire those who see his work to look more carefully at the world around them and to discover the beauty and sublime in the familiar and lesser known places around us.
Stuart is a self-taught landscape photographer and printmaker who lives on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island working almost exclusively with medium and large format cameras. Stuart has held solo exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia and his prints are held in private collections throughout New Zealand and Australia.
Juried Exhibitions and awards
2020, 2015 Gold Medal and H.S James Landscape award, PSNZ National Exhibition
2020, 2018 and 2017 Bronze Medal, PSNZ National Exhibition
2017 Mike Ware award, The Print Exposed, Gold Street Studios, Victoria, Australia
2017 Black and White (and Blue), The Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, USA
2020 Precious Landscapes, Photospace Gallery, Wellington, NZ
2019 Precious Landscapes, Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
2019 Precious Landscapes, Gold Street Studios, Victoria, Australia
2020, 2019, 2017 The Print Exposed, Gold Street Studios, Victoria, Australia
2018 Christmas Eighteen, Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
2018 Twelve photographers – twelve views, Art on the Quay, Kaiapoi, NZ
Chambers Art Gallery and Magma Gallery, Christchurch.
(Dec2020) Platinotype: Making Photographs in Platinum and Palladium with the Contemporary Printing-out Processby Pradip Malde & Mike Ware, featured artist
2020 D-Photo, New Zealand magazine, issue 97, Photographer interview, ‘Platinum to Gold’
2020 Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes, 2nd edition, image contributor
2019 The Photograph Considered, Number 25, View Camera Australia
2019 On Landscape magazine, featured photographer, issue 187