CCP/City of Yarra Billboard

Corner of Smith & Otter Streets Collingwood
September 2012–January 2013

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Vivian Cooper Smith

Vivian Cooper Smith

Centre for Contemporary Photography is pleased to present Endings by Vivian Cooper Smith on the CCP/City of Yarra Billboard located at the corner of Smith and Otter Streets Collingwood.

Vivian Cooper Smith uses the materiality of photographs to investigate memory, loss and nostalgia. He is interested in the way the meaning of an image can be altered through the physical manipulation of the photographic paper. The sculptural effect created through crushing the paper disrupts the traditional reading of a photograph by drawing the viewer's eye repeatedly back to its surface in spite of the natural inclination to look at the subject depicted on it.

Initiated after a failed relationship, this series entitled Endings uses the family home as a symbol to highlight the increasingly prominent place the nuclear family has in Australian political debate, in spite of the growing number of households that don't fit this traditional model. By crushing the classic suburban home Smith demonstrates the loss of an ideal whilst articulating the pain caused by its passing.

Vivian Cooper Smith is a New Zealand born artist who spent his childhood in Bangladesh and India, before moving to Perth in his teens. Based in Melbourne since 2000 he works as an artist, photographer and graphic designer and currently maintains a studio at the Abbotsford Convent. He has exhibited widely throughout Australia, including, most recently, We'll make it last forever, MOP Projects, Sydney (2012); Near Earth Art: The Knock of the Shoe, Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong (2012); and Copyshop, c3 contemporary art space, Melbourne (2012). Forthcoming projects include Heaven or Las Vegas, Galerie Pom Pom, Sydney (2012) and The Year of the Savage, Westspace, Melbourne (2013). His work is held in numerous private collections throughout Australia.

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Image: Vivian Cooper Smith Endings #7 2012, courtesy the artist.

Last Updated 12 April 2013

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