Open Eye Study Visit
Colonel Soleil’s Boys, 2010 © Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
General Février, 2010 © Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
Two photographs which stimulated an enormous amount of debate at Friday’s study visit to the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool yesterday. Personally, I think Richard Mosse’s adoption of infrared film ‘works’ – it slows you down and puzzles me with its multiple paradoxes. An obsolete, but previously high-tech film developed for war from the air used to picture scenes from a land seared by brutal face to face massacre and mutilation. The epitome of machismo, the been there, seen it, done it foot soldier rendered in startling Barbie pink.
However, for a study visit to be worthwhile, it doesn’t matter whether I think the approach works, provided there are differences in views and a willingness to engage in debate. And that is what Peter Haveland and I had the pleasure of being part of on Friday.
Rob Brisco didn’t like the Richard Mosse work and is articulate in setting out his thoughts, so enough from me and over to him. It will be interesting to see what others made of the visit.