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Infra Realism show by Kate Ballis

  • Jardan Furniture 522 Church Street Richmond, VIC, 3121 Australia (map)

“The infrared spectrum of light emanating from plants sits just
beyond the light spectrum visible to humankind. My work, in
that sense, straddles science and magic, providing a glimpse
into the unknown, making the unseen, seen, and the seen
unseen.” — Kate Ballis

Melbourne photographer, Kate Ballis, will hold an exhibition of photographs
in the Jardan Melbourne store for two weeks starting on September 14. Kate,
who is known around the country for her immaculately detailed portraiture and
landscape photography, will exhibit a select number of photographs from her
most recent, candy-coloured series, Infra Realism.

In order to create the Infra Realism series, Kate travelled extensively through
California, one of the most photographed states in the world. She was
searching for a side of California that was hidden below the surface, in
order to re-enchant the landscape and architecture of Joshua Tree and Palm
Springs; places she’d come to know intimately over seven previous visits. When
she started taking photographs in infrared, she was able to focus in on hidden
things in nature that as humans, we’re not equipped to see. Things that lie just
outside of our physical perceptions.

“The infrared spectrum of light emanating from plants sits just beyond the light
spectrum visible to humankind,” she said. “My work, in that sense, straddles
science and magic, providing a glimpse into the unknown, making the unseen,
seen, and the seen unseen.”

It’s a fascinating take on a well travelled location, and across the images,
you gain a true sense that you’re seeing something that is there, but unseen
by the human eye. The photographs, popping with vibrant colours of red,
green, purple, and blue, lend a whole new meaning to the iconic homes and
landscapes of Palm Springs and surrounds. “My photos aim to candy coat
California, from wild deserts, to pools, to the banal.” she said. “I am fascinated
with unseen energy and am excited to create work that catches a glimpse of a
world that exists just outside human perception, like a memory you can’t quite
pinpoint.”

In 2012, Kate was working as a media and entertainment lawyer in Melbourne,
when she was presented with an opportunity to assist international fashion
and art photographer, Miles Aldridge, in London. Since her time with Aldridge,
Kate has taken photographs all over the world, finding the hidden surrealism in
well known landscapes.

Earlier Event: October 4
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Later Event: October 6
Ben Stoner