Michael John Hunter : The More Things Change

 

Michael John Hunter
The More Things Change

Public Open:
20 Aug - 26 Sep 2021
11:00 - 19:00 Mon - Sat
11:00 - 17:00 Sun & holiday

Venue :
Shops 218-219, 2/F, Landmark Atrium,
15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
香港中環皇后大道中15號置地廣塲中庭2樓218-219號舖

 

JPS Gallery is delighted to present The More Things Change, a solo exhibition of Michael John Hunter, on view at the gallery’s Hong Kong location in LANDMARK ATRIUM.

Showcasing a series of works that challenge our perception of the “real and imaginary”, the exhibition features the iconic works of Hunter, including the photography work of Falling Army Man Toy (2021). The sculpture work of the image debuted and gained immense attention in Art Central earlier this year. Academically trained in photography, Hunter also found great passion in sculpture making. This present series is a manifestation of the artist’s two artistic pursuits as well as a display of the versatility of his artistry. By employing what he describes as “fake macro photography” method, Hunter places enlarged sculptures of vintage toys in real-life locations and photographs them at night, often from bird’s-eye view for the enhanced effects demonstrating the actual scale of the sculptures.

Fascinated with details and imperfections in small objects, particularly toys and plastic insects, Hunter builds each of the sculptures with precision and care. The enlarged sculptures are extremely life-like, created with great attention to detail, even including the wear and tear on a child’s toy and the broken wings of a fallen fly.

The sculptures are then installed in specific real-life urban locations, where Hunter photographs them with a five by four film camera. The final images are produced after thoughtful placement and shot in specific heights and platforms in a controlled manner along with carefully orchestrated lighting.

He believes that the toys were our first introduction to art and played a pivotal role in our understanding of art and sculptures. Hunter’s works offer a brand-new assessment of the concept of reality by rescaling and reinterpreting the toys. Hunter challenges the sense of scale and perception in an inherently nostalgic undertone. The presented series invites us to contemplate how truth is perceived through the sculptures themselves and the final photographic works.

 



MICHAEL JOHN HUNTER

United Kingdom | B.1985

Working across mediums and disciplines, Michael John Hunter investigate the question of real and imaginary, moral and ethical as well as perception and presumptions. Installing hyper- realistic sculptures in real-life locations, he challenges the absurdity of today’s value.

The artist creates enormous highly detailed replicas of children’s toys, installing and photographing them at night. Using his ‘fakes macro photography’ technique, the hand-sculpted enlarged objects question how imagery can manipulate our view of the world.

Hunter studied Fine Art Photography at The University of Edinburgh and now works within the film industry. The artist now lives and works in London.


Michael John Hunter一直以不同創作媒介嘗試模糊現實與想像、道德與規範、成見與假設的分野,把超寫實主義風格的雕塑放置在公共場域,以此挑戰現代生活的荒誕之處。

Hunter把兒童玩具複製成為像真度極高的巨型雕塑,放到街上,晚上再為作品拍攝相片。在鏡頭下,四周建築與街景成為巨型雕塑的烘托,即使從遠處或高空拍攝也有著微 距攝影的錯視感。他以這種仿微距的手法為觀眾帶來嶄新的視覺體驗,揭示人對物件的想像如何操縱視覺接收與分析。

Hunter於愛丁堡大學取得Fine Art Photography 的學士學位。他現居於倫敦,並活躍於電影界別。