148th Meeting Artist
Alex Attard, photographer
The 148th Art Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Tuesday 30th May 2017 at 19.30hrs at St. Mary’s Band Club, Qrendi (near parish church). ADG is inviting Alex Attard (b.1955) a fine art photographer with a particular though not exclusive attraction for architecture.
His body of work, ‘The Overlooked Performance’, chronicling unconscious behavior and recording the ephemeral art beneath the face of Renzo Piano’s new Parliament for Valletta, was appreciated and acknowledged among local contemporary photographic expressions as creative and refreshing. His photography is an interpretation of reality, a reality as seen through his fantasy and imagination often transforming the photographic image into the texture of a painting.
The topic of his talk is about: ‘The Photograph – Understanding the Perceptual Process’. He will expound on spending time with the subject to understand better what it represents and how to arrive at a personal interpretation of it and how it helps the viewer to discover the beauty in the commonplace or ordinary and what is usually overlooked or ignored.
Through photography he will illustrate the following topics: to represent or re-present; photographs mediated through the camera; differentiating subject with content; discovering a subject within a subject adds depth, and meanings conveyed through photography may vary greatly in interpretation.
‘Bird’s Nest Triptych’ is an interpretation of the Beijing Olympic Stadium. The subtle tonalities of light and shade, the silver greys, the geometric diagonal constructions turn modules or basic forms into art. Alex seems to agree that basic shapes are not beautiful relatively but absolutely. In the ‘Graffiti Triptych’ he captures the moment as Trump’s name appears among the handwriting on the wall: past and present overlap. His, is an intellectual work but sensuous, tangible and physical. His innate sense of creativity and his very personal interpretation of his subjects have won him acclaim and numerous awards.
The subject of ‘15 Violinists’ is transformed into an Impressionist painting with pixels melting from solid into fluid and liquid matter. The romantic passion the image exudes turns into emotion and sentiment.
Alex Attard will answer questions from the floor regarding his vision, concept, approach and technique. He will also elaborate about highlights in his career and particular works that gave him great satisfaction.