Paul Snell / Decoding New York / June 26 – July 20 2013
Decoding New York examines the possibilities of abstraction and minimalism in photo-media. This body of work investigates the transformation of photographic modes of production and the manipulation and exploitation of data to invent new visual forms. New York is embedded within the surface tension of each picture plane, is it image or object; is it surface or depth! Snell’s aim is to create a phenomenological experience of each location that potentially overwhelms or transcends its physicality.
By developing these concepts Snell invites the viewer into the space for a contemplative experience with the work and with New York.Paul Snell was born in Australia in 1968 and studied art at the Tasmanian School of Art from 1986 – 1989. After a year of travel Snell completed his honours year in 1995 where he was admitted to the Deans Roll of Excellence. He has been working as an artist and teacher for the past 20 years.
He has exhibited widely in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Codes and Conventions (2012) Colville Gallery, Chromophobia (2013) Rex Livingston Gallery, and NONOBJECTIVE_present (2012) 120 Langford Gallery has curated several group shows including Missing Presumed Dead (2011-2013). A nationally touring exhibition dealing with non-representational photography.
His work is held in private and public collections nationally including Art Bank. Snell has been a finalist in many National Prizes including The Blake Prize (2011), The Geelong Print Prize (2011), The Prometheus Art Award (2011) and The Sunshine Coast Art Prize (2013). In 2012 he won the nationally recognised Tidal Art Prize and The Flanagan Art Prize.
In 2010 Snell travelled to London and New York undertaking research and development for his practice and in 2011 he was awarded his MCA from the University of Tasmania. In 2013 he returned to New York to gather images for this current show.