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Short Circuit – Sam Oster

Flattening Out Sam Ostereye2eye Gallery
95 Unley Road, Unley
08 8357 0060
Opening Hrs. 10am – 5pm, Tues-Sat.
Exhibition runs 9 – 30 April 2010

Sam Oster is a lecturer at the Centre for Creative Art with an extensive CV in the study of photography, arts and management. Artist photographer Mark Kimber lecturer at The South Australian School of Art opened the exhibition.

Resurrecting a discarded object, breathing life into it by the restructuring of the setting and encasing it through a reductive element, Sam Oster has produced works which can be called ‘beautiful and beyond…’,as one would notice in the contrast of the works on the wall and a large wooden crate of discarded electrical objects.

When one looks deeper and beyond the surface, as in Flattening Out, these two similar images, the flatness of the landscape with an iron becomes monumental, and somehow the fragility of the land is evident and celebrated. The neurons of one’s memory are continually challenged as Oster shifts our memory from the domestic, or throw away situation, to the simplification of the visual image as one, or in the repetition of the object, and transforms them into icons. There are photos of telegraph poles immersed in jars, once a symbol of community, now slowly being displaced. Oster uses film and objects encased in ice and photographed for interesting effects.

The artist will be working downstairs of the gallery and transforming more objects into thought provoking images.

Reviewed by Gina De Pieri Salvi, Glam Adelaide Visual Arts Critic.

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