Izabela Pluta’s photographs are black and white but they invoke a multilayered world of kaleidoscopic colours.
Agency of Inanimate Objects, her new exhibition at Galerie pompom is an intriguing display of versatility and innovation.
Pluta takes the discarded objects of materialist society and transforms them into monuments of aesthetic beauty. The artist focuses on society’s relics. In Four Sides of a Piece of Coal #1-4, a lump of black fossil fuel becomes a multifaceted story of the eroding effects of time.
The life-sized image, Museum, occupies a wall of the show. It is a piece which incorporates mammoths, trees, mountains and glass cages. The mural is a monochromatic montage of mirror surfaces and reflections that uses natural history motifs to comment on temporal transience.
This exhibition is a thought-provoking journey into the potential of the photographic medium and an exploration of hidden aspects of modern detritus. (LR)
Until May 25, Galerie pompom 2/39 Abercrombie St, Chippendale, free, galeriepompom.com