MinAtBirds

Min Simankevicius

 C.V.

DOB: 14/05/1956 Studied Film and television, Electronic Music composition, Graphic design and Illustration.

Works in computer graphics and multi­‐media. Began photography in 2002 Group shows: Olive Cotton Award 2006 – Tweed River Art Gallery Gene Pool: Nov14-­‐Dec8 2007 -­‐ DNA Gallery Sun Show 2008 – DNA Gallery PI&SR Art & Photography Show Mar 2011 Group Show 2013 – Seafarers Mission Gallery Olive Cotton Award 2013 – Tweed River Art Gallery 2-­‐man Show 2015 – Porthole Gallery

Solo shows: Lithuanian Artists of Australia: Dec 1996 Our Digital Landscape: May 2005 -­‐ Newport SubStation Trunk: Oct 10-­‐Nov11 2008 – DNA Gallery Bush and Beach: Feb 11 2010 – Birds Gallery Burning Bush | Whispering Pines: May 14-­‐Jun 1 2013 – Birds Gallery Trees of Boroondara: Mar 4-­‐Mar29 2014 – Town Hall Gallery (Hawthorn)

Prizes / Selections: Winner Lithuanian/Australian Drawing Prize 1996 Olive Cotton Award 2006 – selected for show Bronze Awards – Epson Pano Awards 2011 Bronze and Silver Awards – Epson Pano Awards 2012 Olive Cotton Award 2013 – selected for show

Artist’s Statement In looking at landscapes I have always admired the way the drama of the ever-­changing landscape evolves over time ­‐ with the shifting of light, the effect of wind, the viewing of different points of perspective. I am not content to capture one frozen moment alone but am driven to find a way of expressing the shift of time and place in that one image (without resorting to video or moving records). Photography is generally lauded with the honour of a single “click” and what is captured in that brief moment, yet seeing the work of David Hockney and his photo-­collages opened a whole new arena of capturing a landscape for me. My images are a combination of many photos, taken from slightly varying angles and of course, across a short period of time. The combination of these many impressions create a juxtaposition of parts that make a whole, yet show the parts in various aspects of viewing. Clouds drift, tree limbs move, the cliche is no longer. These images are far from collages, as they are not assembled from varied images, but assembled from aspects of the same image. Min Simankevicius, July 6, 2015

Min Simankevicius in 2012 I began working with photographic images around 2002. Having only a small 3.1 megapixel camera (an early Sony cybershot with a generous lens), I found that the amount of detail in one image was far from enough, and as it was an auto exposure, it would expose for either the bright or the dark in a scene and kill the opposite. So I began to take individual pictures of the one scene, exposing for the relevant light . My first completed image was of the Oyster Shack at Pambula inlet which comprised of over 120 images which were carefully stitched by hand over the next 3 nights. A remarkable image (over 2.4metres long) of sharp detail resulted (see below) and this began a passion for large formatted images of our wonderful Australian landscape. In particular, my attention was drawn to non-commercial and non-stereotypical scenes, quiet and reflective ideas, our wonderful gum trees and how they fit into our environment, built and natural. The “Bush Series” at the Birds Gallery is photographic at its foundation level, but with intense scrutiny to the natural colour depth of the photos. By enlarging the colour values to a point of exaggeration, they reveal a spectrum and intensity inherent in the original photograph but with wonderful results.

 

300 mpixels from a 3.1 megapixel camera!

Oyster Shack

study in light and shade

 

Pambula Oyster Shack ~ study in light and shade: size 240cm x 97cm

Using the same camera, many scenes were collected over the next few months before I realised that the need for a higher resolution lens was paramount and after clicking the Cybershot to death, a true Canon lens system came into being. One of the last of the Cybershot range was this panorama of Melbourne’s view over the railyards, Yarra River and Southern suburbs:

More imagery, please refer to http://www.simankevicius.com

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