Polly Stanton

THE SPECTRAL FIELD

6 April – 18 June 2017
MILDURA ARTS CENTRE

Polly Stanton’s film, The Spectral Field (2017) focuses upon the Pink Lakes area in the Murray-Sunset National Park and includes the first high-resolution drone footage of the Lakes. Most significantly, The Spectral Field develops through a tension between seeing and experiencing the landscape. Exploring what we have termed a “cinematic seeing”, Stanton’s work weaves two types of view – the distanced view, which is suggested by images that have been captured by a drone literally seeing from afar, and the close up shots of the minutiae of plant and animal life around Pink Lakes. What is remarkable about The Spectral Field is the manner in which these two views – the aerial shot and the super-close up – become intertwined, interchanged.

In her work, Stanton is interested in the way that sound and image combine to “document, reflect and shape human experiences of place and environment” as she has noted. In this way, field-recording and its associated practice of close or deep listening is important to Stanton; field recording is a practice of recording and collecting sounds at source (often in nature). Stanton uses this technique of the close observation of both sound and image as a way to loose herself in the experience of her surroundings. In The Spectral Field we also experience this sense of a world unfolding and revealing itself to us both visually and through sound.

ARTIST BIO

Polly Stanton is a Melbourne-based artist and researcher exploring the way that cinematic forms document, reflect and shape human experiences of place and environment. Stanton’s recent project, Undercurrents (2015), is a moving image and sound work mapping the site of the Keiwa Hydroelectric Scheme – the second largest such scheme in Australia. Stanton’s approach in this work can be likened to what philosopher Timothy Morton has termed “thinking at earth magnitude” for the way in which it address the specificity and the vastness of nature. Morton has described this process as a “loop form” for the way in which it enables both an embodied state of being immersed and a sense of withdrawal or looking on at something of which we are not a part.

Exhibition Documentation

Mildura Arts Centre, 2017

Sam Nightingale, Cinetracts (2017): detail
Installation view showing Sam Nightingale, Cinetracts (2017) and Spectres of the Mallee (2017) - on far wall
Polly Stanton, The Spectral Field (2017)
L: Polly Stanton, The Spectral Field, (2017) R: Sam Nightingale, Cinetracts (2017)
Sam Nightingale, Cinetracts (2017): detail
Sam Nightingale, A Crystalline World (2017): 3 photographic salt prints
Polly Stanton, The Spectral Field (2017)
Sam Nightingale, Story of a Picture Showman (2017): HD video

NEWS & EVENTS

NEW PROJECT: SPECTRAL ECOLOGIES

NEW PROJECT: SPECTRAL ECOLOGIES

Spectral Ecologies is an exhibition of photography, sound and video that explores the landscape of the Mallee through the idea of the “cinematic”, by Sam Nightingale and Polly Stanton.

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At a glance

POLLY STANTON

THE SPECTRAL FIELD, SPECTRAL ECOLOGIES

Exhibition: 6 April – 18 June 2017

Mildura Arts Centre
Mildura, Victoria.

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