Murray Fredericks' exhibition Topophilia, The Greenland Icesheet Series
In the four years from 2010 to 2013 , internationally renowned photographer Murray Fredericks made six journeys to the centre of Greenland's Ice Sheet to create his latest project, Topophilia. A set of photo¬graphs, a cinematic video installation and a three monitor video installation from this series will be exhibited at Annandale Galleries from the 15th of October 2014.
In Topophilia, Fredericks continues exploring the subjects of ‘space' and the ‘void'. Aiming to convey ‘an emotional experience of space and emptiness, he describes an inner, rather than outer landscape. Fredericks locates his projects in featureless, perfectly flat landscapes austerely defined by an unbroken and continuous horizon. Working in such minimal environments, temporal atmospheric phenomena and the subtleties of light become powerful elements that define the visual plane. Verging on transcendental, this view trans¬ports us beyond our culturally imbued recognitions of the geographical qualities of place.
In these locations, moments with the potential to transcend the ‘literal' present rarely. As a result, Fred-ericks' projects extend over many years, with months spent in inhospitable places like the Greenland Ice Sheet and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, where the iconic series Salt was conceived. From the thousands of photographs produced, only a handful of images successfully convey this experience of space - where the landscape becomes merely the medium, rather than the subject. Whilst surviving in these locations (often solo) is a dangerous proposition, Fredericks says that the adventure is simply a by-product of the pursuit of a vision and an adherence to concept.
Fredericks' resulting large-scale photographs have been exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. Fredericks' work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; National Portrait Gal-lery, Canberra; Myer Collection, Artbank, Sydney; Macquarie Bank Collection, Sydney; Sir Elton John Collection, London; Valentino Collection; ABN Amro Collection, Museum of Sydney Collection, Sydney and numerous pres¬tigious private collections. Fredericks has produced two documentaries; the multi-award winning and widely acclaimed Salt (Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre) and more recently Nothing on Earth, filmed in Greenland whilst producing Topophilia.