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Images of Wonder

 

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IMAGES OF WONDER

Images of Wonder is the collective title for a series ofworks undertaken between 2008 and 2010. Referencing Sci-fi movies from the 20s to the 50s, Russian Constructivisist theatre and architectural models, the works together create a world inhabited by objects. 

Despite their obvious crappiness and the, at times dubious quality of mise-en-scène, 50s B-movies create vivid on-screen realities. This is partly due to the particular qualities of the media: film's lack of clarity smoothes over the seams and brushstrokes and its scale bequeaths striking presence to the objects and places it presents. This vivid reality is more than the representation of 'real' places or situations, it is a convincing fantasy, an other-worldly, abstracted sphere generated in the confluence of models, set, costumes, props and camera. Sound also plays an important role in reifying the on-screen content, giving it an unprecedented reality: an immediacy which underlies films power and our willingness to be drawn into its thrall.

With the camera, I'd like to give inanimate, diminutive objects a life of their own. Bringing them momentarily into being on screen, in unlikely configurations, giving only suggestions of animation and narrative. Creating some kind of vivid reality in the two-fold dynamic of objects and camera.

All images ©Bill Leslie 2009-16

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