Participation Mystique

Tim Georgeson Mystique II 2016Bayside’s newest home of art, Écume Gallery will host Participation Mystique, the latest exhibition from Australian born, New York based photojournalist, filmmaker and artist Tim Georgeson, giving the local and broader community an exciting opportunity to view his work in an intimate and engaging space.

The first artist to hold a solo exhibition at Écume Gallery, Georgeson is internationally recognised for his contemporary fine art photography and film, and a compelling commercial portfolio. Participation Mystique uses dark, emotive dreamscapes, to invite viewers to explore their subconscious and embrace the visceral and intangible moments that define human togetherness.

“Georgeson is inspired by finding the truth in art. He transports us to different lands, cultures, colours and people, while tapping into a universal feeling that is intrinsically familiar and raw,” says Boe Sapun, Écume Gallery CEO and Curator.

The exhibition is a combination of moody and evocative prints, and marks the premiere of the eponymous Participation Mystique film and sound installation. An elliptical suite of longing subjects and dreaming landscapes, draws back the curtain of night and beckons the viewer to enter, and fall in.

Here below consciousness inside the darkness of dreams, we are able to touch the strange and highly charged mystical energies that unite us beyond individuality. By suggesting the intangible more than rendering the physical, these works invite the experience of illogical, spiritual feeling and offer clues to the riddle of their own mysterious narratives: that togetherness is a place where the nebulous is somehow more illuminating than clarity.

Born in Sydney, Georgeson is based between New York and Montreal and has had his work exhibited in Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto, New York and at the Olsen Irwin and Stills galleries in Sydney. Georgeson is strongly influenced by photographers Paul Strand and Daido Moriyama, and takes inspiration from filmmakers Lars Von Trier and Bill Viola, who similarly explore the relationship between the physical world and the metaphysical.

A permanent collection of his art is housed at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, and he has been recognised with numerous international awards including World Press Photo, Leica, Cannes, New York Festival. Georgeson holds an extensive portfolio of commissioned work for the likes of Adidas, Heineken, Dinosaur Designs and Jack Daniels, and editorial features in The New York Times Magazines, National Geographic, Rolling Stone and more.

Tim Georgeson – Participation Mystique
Écume Gallery, 106 Nepean Highway, Aspendale
Exhibition: 8 – 22 April 2016

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Image: Tim Georgeson, Mystique II 2016. Archival inkjet pigment print, 152cm x 127cm – courtesy of the artist