DAVID HAINES

Kirlian photography is a technique for creating contact prints by electrically charging, ionizing the air around an object, pioneered by Russian electrical engineer Semyon Kirlian and his wife Valentina in the early -twentieth century.  The artist has rebuilt a Kirlian camera after much hard-won research and modified it from being an analog film based/high energy electrical system to encompass a CCD sensor, rather than traditional film of the cameras of old.

The Kirlian photographs shown here are of plants from the Wollemi Wilderness, a remote and mysterious region within the northern part of the greater Blue Mountains World Heritage on Wiradjuri country, that shelters the elusive Wollemi Pine, a species known only through fossil records until it was discovered in 1994 by David Noble a canyoner and renowned explorer of remote areas.

The photographs, with their connection to ‘spirit photography’ specifically notions of an aura or life force, are intended to evoke a range of associations – fantastical and grounded.  These images emerge from high voltage electrical fields upscaled from 12 volts to thousands of volts and utilize a saline filled capacitance plate.

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David Haines lives and works in the Blue Mountains, Australia. Haines has produced works for museums, festivals and galleries in Australia and internationally including Anderson Gallery, UC Buffalo, USA (2017); Resonances Magnetique, La Panacee Centre for Contemporary Art, Montpellier, France (2016); Energies: Haines & Hinterding, MCA, Sydney (2015) and Christchurch Art Gallery, NZ (2016);  Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2015); La Panacee Centre for Contemporary Art, France (2014); Dutch Institute of Time-based Arts; Taipei MOCA; Kuandu Museum of Fine Art; San Jose Museum of Art; Art Gallery of NSW; Wellington City Gallery; Dunedin Public Art Gallery; Gallery of Modern Art Queensland; Sendai Media Tech, Japan; FACT Liverpool England; Sao Paulo Biennale (2004); Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art (2004); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2003);  13th Biennale of Sydney (2002); Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney (2002); Te Papa National Museum of NZ (2002); ACMI, Melbourne (2002 & 2003); The Physics Room, NZ (1998); Artspace Sydney (1997 & 2005); ZA MOCA Foundation Tokyo (1996); Artspace, Auckland; Tate Gallery Liverpool (1993).

The Wollemi Kirlians, 2014
24 framed photographs
Dimensions: 297 x 420 mm each

Courtesy of the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery.

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