Magazine article Geographical

Pheromone: The Insect Artwork of Christopher Marley

Magazine article Geographical

Pheromone: The Insect Artwork of Christopher Marley

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PHEROMONE: The Insect Artwork of Christopher Marley

by Christopher Marley

Pomegranate, $75 (hardback)

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Some artists talk endlessly about the philosophical, cultural or aesthetic motives behind their creations. Other artists remain silent and place the interpretative burden on the viewer. Nine times out of ten you should trust those in the latter category.

An exception can perhaps be made for Christopher Marley. He takes photos of dead insects and, while they are beautiful and mesmerising, there is clearly some explaining to be done.

Marley is rather fond of grandiose sentences. We are told that the impetus behind his work is placing anarchic insects into structures of symmetry: into clean, architectural and balanced designs. In other words, he lines everything up with precision and, to be fair, the images can look like jewel boxes.

He also wants to explore the conflicts that define our artistic gaze: it can be about diversity (lots of different bugs), repetition (members of the same insect species many times), subtle variation (related species in the same shot), or uniqueness (an insect so weird that it warrants a stand-alone performance). …

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