'That Newland and Parker have centred their work on the piano adds anthropomorphic dimensions that further trouble the interval between one and the other, suggesting an interconnectivity that goes far beyond the instrumental' (Magrit Shildrlick, author of Leaky Bodies and Boundries: Feminism, Postmodernism and (Bio)Ethics)

4-15 June 2009, The Art Tank, Belfast




Tryst (2009)

'Tryst' is a sequence of twelve black and white photographs depicting a woman seducing a partially dismantled piano. The exhibition addresses issues of desire, expectation and identity as a metaphor for expressing the relationship humans form with objects. The photographs are designed to raise questions concerning the importance of the body in playing the piano. They inquire into the possibility of assuming objects with human characteristics. This is presented within a seductive encounter where a physical unity is striven for between the animate (the body) and the inanimate (the piano). Seduction here is used to represent the conquest of mastering an instrument where the rules of interaction remain unspoken; the ultimate outcome of which is failure and rejection.

If you wish to purchase any of the photographs from 'Tryst', please visit http://www.christopherrparker.co.uk

Concept: Imogene Newland

Photographer: Chris Parker