Hull photographer Chris Harland returns to The Ropewalk arts centre in Barton upon Humber with a new exhibition, The Life of Stuff, which opens on Saturday, April 27.
“Just over a year ago since his last exhibition, A Sense of Time, at the Maltkin Road gallery Chris’s latest work encourages us to discover the ‘Life of Stuff’” said Exhibitions Officer Richard Hatfield.“His work focuses on how objects change through the processes of use, erosion or decay and develop a new existence,” he went on.
And Chris added: “Nature will fight back and weave patterns where none were intended. Weather will sculpt new forms from precision materials, sunlight will peel and fade one thing while illuminating another creating new life among the every day stuff of life.”
“Everything in the world, whether it be a tree or a rock, a building or a chair, every object has a life of its own. It is a living thing,” he continued.
Many of Chris’s photographs have been taken around the Humber foreshore which has provided a rich source of material which many would overlook – such as peeling paint, spalled and water-stained concrete and rusted maritime forms.
“From my early times as a schoolboy photographer I saw things and photographed them long before I really knew what I was pursuing, simply because I was fascinated by the hidden pictures in my surroundings,” Chris explained.
The exhibition in Gallery One continues until Sunday, June 9. The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Admission is free.