M16 Preset Memory

Exhibition: Preset memory: Lee Grant, Ellis Hutch, Blaide Lallemand, Mark Van Veen, Brenton McGeachie

A highly successful and recommended exhibition.

Sadly by the time you read this, it may be over. The exhibition is on for a short time – about two and half weeks. Closes 25th Sept 2016.

hyw-1-09The exhibition was well curated. Each artist’s works received enough wall space to be read well and ample opportunity to be engaged with and enjoyed.

The works at the top of this page are a group of photographs by Lee Grant. The collection represents views from a road trip – a great Australian tradition. Many photographers have taken such a trip and brought back snaps of people and places along the way. Some are successful – others maybe not so.


Lee Grant‘s essay on her road trip is very successful. The hang is a great choice and it works – you enjoy them and you smile. And as you can see, she has placed them well as an attractive grouping.

It draws you in.

p1200865mvanveen_pedestrian_direction_2015-copyMark Van Veen (above & right) has a photographer’s eye for detail. Photographers such as Mark wander around neighbourhoods, cities and any urban environments and see those moments, those reflections and those little incidents. His photographs are fun to engage with.


Many photographic artists wander the world searching for their images. Some stay home. It seems that Blair Lallemand has done just that – stayed home and searched out images based on her immediate surroundings. Her impressions intrigue – and are very beautifully engaging.

There’s more on all the artists involved in the gallery blurb below. A successful exhibition. Great contemporary photography.

 At M16 Artspce Gallery, Griffith, Canberra

Website – click here.

Thursday 8 September –  Sunday 25 September


Here’s the blurb from the gallery pamphlet

Every photographer who sets out to record the world around them begins with a predetermined, if somewhat unconscious, aesthetic, spiritual and political viewpoint that directs the images they choose to record. As Minor White, the American photographer and critic said, “…all photographs are self-portraits.” In the exhibition Preset Memory five well-established Canberra artists, Blaide Lallemand, Ellis Hutch, Brenton McGeachie, Mark Van Veen and Lee Grant, use experimental approaches revealing intriguing individual viewpoints expressed as photography.

Lee Grant invites us to join her on a road trip undertaken in collaboration with fellow photographer Matt Abbott, on Australia’s Highway 1, the longest continuous highway in the world. Her work explores life on and off the road, re-examining what it means to be Australian today.

Blaide Lallemand’s photographs of her suburban life question photography’s ability to bear witness, with impressionistic, almost painterly responses to the idea of place.

Mark Van Veen’s images of urban environments reveal a keen eye for the patterns and structures of our world – often invisible to us unless we stop and step out of usual modes of seeing. Van Veen invites viewers to take a slow look and to challenge habitual perspectives.

In 2016, Ellis Hutch visited an abandoned Soviet facility in East Berlin, and used photography as a way of questioning her own role as a tourist. She sought out sites bearing traces of the place’s complex history and paid attention to subtle atmospherics of light and space.

Brenton McGeachie’s intriguing photographs of the shells of insect bodies invite viewers to take a close look at the subtle complexities of their architecture.

“The images in Preset Memory will resonate with viewers and act as a triggers for their own memories and emotions,” says Ellis Hutch. “Some photographs may seem insignificant, yet they reveal the fleeting instant when the photographer chose to engage the shutter mechanism. Through these static images viewers can connect to a set of thought processes as unique as the individual who captured them.”

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