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One Night Stand
Harvey Benge, Jocelyn Carlin, John Collie, Jennifer French, Arno Gasteiger, Jennifer Gillam, Marie Shannon
Friday 31 October 1997
With this kind of event it's probably more useful to review the idea rather than the work itself, suffice to say that the work was extremely diverse and interesting, ranging from computer generated images, traditional colour and black and white photography, and unconventional black and white and colour photography.
The sexual overtones in the title were apt for two reasons on this occasion. Firstly, it was intended as a single night where the artists were free to explore ideas in a relaxed environment. Secondly, it was a great excuse to get together a whole bunch of photo-geeks in one room and lubricate their tongues with generous quantities of food and wine.
The great success of the show was that it proves a group of artists can get together to make something happen in a relatively spontaneous and inexpensive fashion. It could also be argued however, that there might be a lack of thematic cohesion in doing so. But because of the brevity of the event this curatorial hurdle was crossed with relative ease. In fact the lack of any discernible theme became a strength because the exhibition, in bringing together people operating across the photographic spectrum, with disparate working styles and material collected from different sources, hinted at a more post-modern response to exhibiting than many traditional photographic exhibitions.
The dynamic location provided by Jocelyn Carlin's studio/living space was instrumental in this regard, with the abandonment of crisp white walls, artists were free to explore more challenging methods of hanging and presenting work.
This was a highly successful and inexpensive means of getting people involved with all aspects of photography together and that was its strength. Anyone considering 'One Night Stand 3' should go for it.