20,000 KILOMETERS BY JOBY HICKEY
An exhibition of photographic works by JOBY HICKEY
Opening Launch: Wednesday 11th July at 6pm
Exhibition runs until the 31st of July
Exhibition curated by: Robert Hayes as part of the PhotoIreland Festival
Open Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 6pm
Using pinhole cameras* and a fixed lens camera he has designed and constructed, Joby Hickey produces large format monochrome images with a cinematic quality. These images appear to float between the blurred present day, the familiar recent past and the almost forgotten bygone years. He is interested in capturing an idea of having lost one's bearings, sense and time, thereby illustrating aspects of what he consider to be a contemporary malaise.
"Within the narrative of the image, there is a crucial sense of life being lived off camera with my images" he notes. A continuity of experience stretching before and after the subject was captured on the negative plates he has created. The resulting images depict elements of the character of both the subject and the setting that convey a real sense of back story and also of transience.
He strives to capture a sense of spontaneity in a series of unplanned encounters, which are as random as an unselected memory or a dream sequence. These are then manipulated in the dark room using his own heating and chemical techniques to reveal the real essence of the scene, often uncovering elements that were not apparent to the naked eye.
Exhibition images are available in limited edition - pigment prints on Elegance velvet platinum: Sizes range from 13 x 20cm to 137cm by 102cm. Prices start at €350.
Born in Dublin, Joby Hickey moved from Dublin to the Greek Islands as a baby returning home at the age of six. His father, Patrick Hickey was the much respected etcher, landscape painter, lithographic artist, architect and designer who taught fine art at N.C.A.D. He was a huge influence and teacher to his sonfrom an early age with Joby making his first pinhole camera at the age of ten. He has has since become a very well respected artist and photographer www.jobyhickey.com. Having attended Dun Laoghaire School of Art he also huge interest in film working with film makers as David Shaw Smith and Peter Robinson.
A few years later, he returned to painting where he was met with commercial and critical acclaim, getting into galleries in London, Dublin and Paris. Taking time out from painting, he returned to photography and began making his own negative plates and cameras, which imbued his work with a uniquely ironic perspective.
In respect to his work, Hickey notes - I am interested in capturing a sense of having lost one's bearings,sense and time, thereby illustrating aspects of what I consider to be a contemporary malaise. With the candidness of the image I strive to capture a sense ofspontaneity in a series of unplanned encounters which are as random as an unselected memory or a dream sequence" .
Joby Hickey has had solo shows in Berlin, Paris, London, Dublin and Galway.