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ROSS HOLDEN | NEW LARGE SCALE PHOTOGRAPHIC PIECE

June 3rd 2016
Inspired by star constellations and past civilizations, Ross Holden’s new large scale limited edition encourages us to consider the beauty of our everyday surroundings and the brevity of human life. Angie talks more about the work below.

The photographs for Ross Holden’s most recent limited edition, titled Dynamical Parallax (Polka Dot Umbrella), were taken over a period of two and a half years while the artist travelled through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela. Large in scale at over two metres wide, the compelling work sees Holden continue to piece together fragmented imagery to create an impressive mosaic of pattern and colour while presenting an observation of everyday life that surrounds us, as seen in previous works such as the ‘Static’ series from 2015.

Holden’s inspiration for Dynamical Parallax (Polka Dot Umbrella) came while gazing up at the starry night sky in a remote open space in South America when he had a moment of awareness as he began to feel a strong connections to the past and ancient civilizations such as the Incas and the Nazca people who studied astronomy all those years ago. Contemplating the fact that they were once staring up at the same sky as he was today, he was reminded of the distances in time and space and the brevity of human life in comparison.

As a result, Holden based this piece on the pattern of the constellations in an attempt to “create new and unseen asterisms”. The repeated images represent the repeatable patterns that emerge in life, infinitely variable in content, reflecting the endless diversity of our lives and the universe. The fragmented, irregular arrangements of the shapes that house each image represents how our memories tend to fade into remnants or shards like a shattered mirror, as did the ancient civilisations that came before us, and as will we one day.

There’s also a sense here of looking at something that no longer exists; these photographs are snapshots of life that will never reoccur in exactly the same way, an instant capturing a moment in time that is forever gone. Holden relates this to the stars in the sky, which in some cases have exploded and disappeared long before we see them, and what we see is just the light travelling towards us from an empty space.

Holden explains that the work also represents a series of juxtapositions: “The nature of memory and landscape are explored, as well as ideas of environment and emotion; history and mythology. Central to the theme is how the perception and perspective changes with different vantage points - close up, far away, in the past, in the future. The polka dot umbrella, used to shade us from the scorching sun in Brazil, is also a symbol of the starry sky and is used to bring harmony and balance to something that appears to be, and is, chaotic.”

Creating these works is a laborious and time-consuming task for Holden. After spending some time collating the information - in the form of thousands of photographs - whilst on his travels, on returning home to the UK he trawls through finding the best ones to use for his artwork. Dynamical Parallax (Polka Dot Umbrella) took around four weeks in total to put together as he selected the most relevant imagery, choosing what size to make each image and what shape it should take on the paper. The end result is a fascinating and beautiful composition that will have you hooked for some time as you explore Holden’s South American experiences through a series of snapshots, which, although are personal to him, represent living in the moment whilst considering the passing of time, which is something we can all relate to.

Dynamical Parallax (Polka Dot Umbrella) is available as an edition of 15. See the piece alongside other work by Ross Holden here.
ANGIE DAVEY
Creative Director
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