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Geoff Cloake, Revenge June 2007

Phenomena
Night Lightning 2006. digital image on photographic paper.

Geoff Cloake, Revenge June 2007

REVENGE was my first solo exhibition but photography has been my passion for over 40 years. I was born in Timaru and grew up on his parents’ Cloake’s Honey property at Fairview. When I was 11 years old I bought a Kodak Starlet with money saved from digging the family garden.  Later photography fitted alongside my passion for tramping and rowing as a way of sharing his experiences with friends and family until the Starlet slipped from my pack on Mt Peel. Its replacement, a Kodak Instamatic soon slipped into the Huxley River and went rusty. A more serious solution was called for and the small and lightweight Olympus OM system became my treasure for three decades regardless of a few extra drownings. 

I started to win in photography competitions and salons later becoming a judge myself.  I started to explore alternative approaches to photography. My work was exhibited in art galleries in the early 1980s and gained selection by the New Zealand Academy of Fine Art. This productive period culminated when, with my wife Marthy, I published The Secret South Island in 1985, an overview of tramping.

Redundancy in 1999 forced me to reconsider my life ambitions. In my heart I knew I wanted to rekindle my photographic work. I established my own business which I now run with my daughter Roselyn and it supports the artistic endeavours of both me and Roselyn who is a painter and singer.

With about 600 fine art prints and image rights sold I belive my profile as a photographer is well established locally. I now focus on producing fine art prints, developing presentations for workshops and lectures and selecting for competitions and exhibitions.

See here for full biographic details

ARTIST STATEMENT

My interest in photography is as extensive as anything a camera can picture. It is New Zealand's diverse landforms that compel me most and I go out hunting regularly to capture images of our tremendous landscapes. But the land is merely a stage. Amazing ranges of atmospheric phenomena create ever-changing shows of light making every image unique. 

Landscape photography to me is more about a search for unique ‘raw material’, the thrill of the hunt and capture of natural phenomena. By comparison the computer stage of the process is merely incidental for collecting and assembling all the pieces to yield high-resolution images for fine manipulation until I reach the stage where my feelings about each scene becomes fully satisfied.  Despite all this, the final result still has to have the feel of a photograph and my ethic is to present a scene that could be truly seen if standing there in similar conditions. Observing a trend towards ’digital abstraction and construction’, I have come to think of myself as a ‘photo-realistic’ photographer.  However, my feelings of awe for the land and very special atmosphere are paramount and I will sacrifice reality for more emotional effects.

THIS EXHIBITION

REVENGE - explores the interaction between all of us and the climate.  It questions local signs of change over our land and sea.

Humans have a long history of doing some very nasty stuff to our environment. And nature can easily swing hard against us in response. I think there a lot of fear and confusion about climate change and what it can do to us. There are many opposing views and mistruths. We need to be very careful about what we believe, what we do.

We know the world can’t sustain our accelerating growth and we could be trimmed back on a monster scale in an instant. I see a future of overwhelming possibilities that must dramatically change lives.
No one can be certain about what might happen but we must think about it and prepare.

With my photographic exhibition I want to use magnitude and drama to draw attention to these climatic issues, offer my prints as metaphors to help people think about might be happening and question our interaction with the climate.

I want to help people see signs of change - whether real or imagined – and question what we believe by them. We must also seriously question what others want us to believe

This will help to create greater interest and understanding of enormous complex ideas that we would rather ignore. We must encourage debate, lift public opinion, and drive our leaders forward to organise solutions.

Else nature will in its own way with… REVENGE

Solo Exhibition: REVENGE June 2007

Aigantighe Art Gallery - 49 Wai-iti Road, Timaru, New Zealand

12 June - 29th July 2007.

The works below were exhibited as large scale mural banners. They can also be printed for stretcher frames of various sizes by special arrangement.

The Omen - Comet McNaught over Tekapo
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The Omen - Comet McNaught over Tekapo.  23 January 2007
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 3.0m x 0.9m.
Should there be meaning in a comet lying low in the sky behind us?
NZ$1400 (open edition*)

The Changing - Turbulence over Caroline Bay

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The Changing - Turbulence over Caroline Bay.  6 January 2007
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 3.6m x 0.9m.
What could this remarkable air stream mean by pushing its turbulence over us?
NZ$1650 (open edition* no 1 sold)

The Fury - Night Lightning from Timaru

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The Fury -  Night Lightning from Timaru.  4 January 2006
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 2.4mx 0.9m.
Is this unusually wild storm for our entertainment only?
NZ$1200 (open edition* no 1 sold)

The Spilling - Caroline Bay

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The Spilling - Caroline Bay.  Autumn 2000 
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 1.5m x 0.9m.
Should we think about a tiny wave breaching an imperceptible sand barrier?
$850 (open edition*)

The Inundation - Jack’s Point

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The Inundation - Jack’s Point.  15 April 2007
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 1.5m x 0.9m.
Will we understand the surf pounding into our coastline, tearing it away?
NZ$850 (open edition*)

Additions to Revenge Series

The Foretelling at Moeraki

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The Foretelling - 22 Degree Luna Halo at Moeraki. 5 September 2009
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 1.8m x 0.9m.
Will the gathering hold in the tides to come?
NZ$2000 (open edition*)

Damacles Sword - Comet McNaught over Timaru

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Damocles Sword Comet McNaught over Timaru.  24 January 2007
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 3.0m x 0.9m.
What hangs over us despite all our power?
NZ$1400 (open edition*)

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Gut Feeling - Waihao Downs . 29 July 2006 
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 1.5m x 0.9m.
Do we need to be told any more?
NZ$850 (open edition*)

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The Promise - Rainbow over Hadlow Grange. 25 February 2007
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 3m x 0.9m.
Will the covenant hold? 
NZ$1400 (open edition*)

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The Burning - Clayton Tussock burning out of control.  27 August 2007 
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 3.6m x 0.9m.
Will the land burn after us ? 
NZ$1650 (open edition*)

Wild Fire

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Hell Fire - Clayton Tussock burning out of control.  27 August 2007
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 1.5m x 0.9m.
Where are we going? 
NZ$850 (open edition*)

Wild Fire

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The Occultation - Timaru. 28 August 2007
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 1.5m x 0.9m.
What strength have our gaurdians? 
NZ$850 (open edition*)

The Prayer

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The Prayer - Tekapo. 9 August 2010
Epson Ultrachrome ink on canvas - 1.5m x 0.9m.
Is praying enough? 
NZ$850 (open edition*)

 

Notes on the REVENGE Exhibition Prints

*The prints are numbered as an open edition and additional prints may be produced in any form by the artist for any future use. The exhibition prints were the firsts of the Revenge Series. Additional copies of these art works may be ordered from the Artist and in other sizes and materials by arrangement.

The exhibition art works were printed by Ben Marsden of Ken’s Imaging, Christchurch on Sihl 340gsm canvas in collaboration with me.

I am also appreciative of funding from the Community Arts Council which assisted Gallery rental costs.

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