Anthony Brooke (former Raja Muda of Sarawak), 27/7/2009.

Andrew Ross, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 2009.
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About the Work
"Andrew Ross’s photographs remember the forgotten. In his work he resembles one of those socially marginal figures scouring rubbish dumps, finding a value in the things everyone else has thrown away. Ironically, in the sustainability project such figures may yet become cultural heroes. Ross’s geiger-counter is tuned for crud and he habitually haunts abandoned and neglected habitats, his images registering these often melancholy spaces, still suffused with human presence.

Forgetting may be more a casual process than remembering, but often it may have just as much point and be pursued with equal determination. This can range from the darkly psychological to the plainly material – the current enthusiasm for domesticup-grading and the popularity of garden make-overs are just aspects of this latter. Improvements have their downside, and while the lifestyle magazines gleam with the new the planet groans with the increasing burden of the discarded. The shiny
wrapper conceals some grim contents indeed.

Personally, Ross may be disquieted by this, but his work isn’t merely a protestagainst it. It’s a richer compost of human history and habitation that suggests more than just waste" Peter Ireland in catalogue accompanying the exhibition "Round & About Wanganui: 72 Photographic Studies by Andrew Ross". Published by Sarjeant Art Gallery in 2010. Pg 3.
Image: H190 x W250
Matt: H410 x W450
Silver gelatin contact prints on gold toned printing out paper
Sepia toned photograph of an elderly gentleman seated beside his fireplace with a striped rug over him and a large cat on his lap.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 2012.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Dec 2012



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