Keegan Gibbs | Zuma

January 2014 - RVCA presents ZUMA, a series of new photographic works by contributing artist Keegan Gibbs. The opening reception is set to take place at the RVCA Downstairs Gallery on 30th January 2014 in Sydney Australia.

In this body of work, Keegan has set out to replace the human subjects of his photography with an industrial gesture, the beach umbrella. This series is part of an exploration of singular objects acting within the frame as the point of focus in meditation, not only for the viewer, but for the photographer in the act of shooting. The elements that would normally take precedent in a beach scene fall secondary to the industrial form of the umbrella.

Simplicity and nostalgia sets in as you view the series in whole, and you start noticing the relationship between the form (umbrella), the people, and the environment itself, the beach. Each frame has its own story. Continuing on the motif of shooting from behind his subjects that is prevalent in much of his other work, he takes out the element of peoples faces, forcing the viewers attention first to the umbrella, then to the small details of the frame: a brand of sunscreen, the array of beach accessories, and the body language of the people, who were shot without knowledge of the photographers presence.

This series was shot in one day on two rolls of 35mm negative film at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California.

Date: Thursday 30th January
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Address: 84 Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney NSW 2021
Parking: Limited street parking available

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