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Locrin Stewart: Timed Decay

May 4 – 29, 2016
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

In a world defined by the progressive march of time, the aftereffects of its passage are only recognized retrospectively. The simple process of travelling from one instant to another goes unnoticed in transit, until one reflects backwards in time, attempting to fully understand how quickly those moments have slipped by and how unobtainable they have become.

The photochemical arts all touch on aspects of time and space. Regardless of the method of photographic capture, the subject matter, or reasoning behind the image, the dialogue between time and the space of the photograph is one of the medium’s defining features. Timed Decay directly addresses the inevitable and ongoing progression of these elements through a series of analogue, black and white fiber-based prints using an unstable developer. The oxidation and subsequent chemical death of the developer gradually cause a visual destruction of the image, emphasizing time’s unavoidable impact and encouraging awareness of the fleeting nature of the present.





Event(s):


Opening Party
Wednesday, May 4
6:00 – 8:00 PM

A dried bouquet of three flowers
Fig. 1

Locrin Stewart, Untitled. Courtesy of the artist

Installation Shots

Black and white photos in black frames, arranged in two straight lines on a white wall
Fig. 1

Locrin Stewart: Timed Decay (installation view), 2016 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre

Four black and white photographs on a white wall, text reads "Timed Decay"
Fig. 2

Locrin Stewart: Timed Decay (installation view), 2016 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre

Side view of black frames arranged in two lines, each containing a photograph of wilted flowers
Fig. 3

Locrin Stewart: Timed Decay (installation view), 2016 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre