Curated by Sophie Kitson
Precious Metals is a collection of new and recent photographs by 25-year old, Sydney-based artist, Jack Mannix. Known for his distinctive photographic style, shooting only on film and without the use of extra light sources, he creates an intimacy and energy that remains present in his photographs. His gritty documentary-style images explore themes of isolation, addiction, sex and death, crossing the boundaries of both lo-fi and high-fashion photography. Documenting his personal life as well as a larger grand narrative, his images expose the preoccupations and interests of both the artist and his subjects, giving you a glimpse into the subtle vulnerabilities of a sex worker, a young couple in love and Sydney's underground culture. Mannix plays with constructions of identity and self, and teeters between realism and expanded ideas of the real. Notions of power and desire filter through a lens that captures the infinite spectrum of strength, beauty, brutality and fragility in contemporary life.
The exhibition features an expanded selection of photographs complementing the works on display in a self-published artist book. Buy it here: preciousmetals.bigcartel.com
Precious Metals was developed through Next Wave's Emerging Curator's Program with CCP for Next Wave Festival 2014.
Image: Jack Mannix "Life's a gas," Kiara at home, Surry Hills 2013, courtesy the artist.