Portraits and Poems at the Meffan Gallery

Chris Park at the Meffan
Chris Park at the Meffan

DUALISM: Portraits and Poems is the latest exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar which features photography by artist Chris Park that juxtaposes a poem with a portrait of its author.

The exhibition will tour across the UK and Ireland over the next two years, beginning in Forfar. The poets featured are selected via a submission process by the projects commissioning editor, Thom Laycock. The project includes some of the most gifted poets based in Scotland, or of Scottish origin.

The aesthetic of the photography focuses on capturing the essential character of each individual in a mutual meeting of subjectivities between the sitter and the photographer. The concept for uniting these two art forms takes its cue from the antique notion of the mind/body dichotomy, such as material versus spiritual, good versus evil and mind versus matter. The work plays upon the strange contrast between the physical outer shell of the poet and the thoughts and ideas that stem from within them, which serves to both contrast and bring together the inner and outer life.

Chris works in the medium of photography and digital imaging, influenced by painterly devices, contemporary print, fashion and art photography.

Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, he moved to Dundee to study Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone.

After graduating in June 2006, he assisted a London based product photographer before embarking on the RSA John Kinross Scholarship. This scholarship consisted of three months in Florence, studying art of the Florentine renaissance, incorporating ideas and aesthetics into his photographic practice.

Chris has exhibited widely and has won several major awards including the RSA Keith Prize and the RSA John Kinross Scholarship; earlier this year he was shortlisted to photograph Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II. He currently lives in Edinburgh; working in Scotland, London, Paris and wherever the next shoot takes him.

The exhibition opened to the public on Saturday and runs until Saturday, February 5, admission free.