Seen and Not Seen
Photographs created using Game Boy Camera, 2014
Exhibited as part of the Folkestone Triennial Fringe 2014
Ten views of Folkestone captured using a mix of early black and white digital photography and primitive colour separations.
Jim’s current photography practice is a blend of abstraction, philosophical proposition, and technical investigation.
His postage stamp sized images are representations of the physical world, but their low resolution, colour count, and small scale can abstract the subject to a near unrecognisable degree. They begin to appear more like symbols rather than images of real objects. Yet they are not true abstractions, following any tradition; they’re mechanical simplifications.
They investigate the limits of representation, highlighting tensions between image and object. Jim is interested in how we understand pictures, and these extremely simple images parody the distance between the colour and shape that makes up a picture and the physical world it represents.
The work explores our notions of truth, the images do not look much like their real life subjects, but they reduce those subjects to their essence, revealing their essential character. The images reveal something about the object that is normally hidden.
The ten images of this series are still hidden in different spots inside Kipp’s Alehouse and need to be found. (still installed June 2015)