Adrian Caon

"carbone II" - coal Mixed media on paper, 2017 61x61 cm framed $300
"carbone III" - formaldehyde Mixed media on paper, 2017 61 x 61 framed $300
"carbone V" - ethanol Mixed media on paper, 2017 61x61 cm framed $300
"carbone VII" - cellulose Mixed media on paper, 2017 61 x 61 framed $300
"carbone VIII" - ether Mixed media on paper, 2017 61x61 cm framed $300
"carbone I" - charcoal Mixed media on paper, 2017 61 x 61 framed sold

Above:

a collection of mixed media drawings that focus on the element of life and some of its close relatives, i.e. compounds.

The works are autobiographical and reveal an ongoing fascination with a once hip branch of science. I nearly became an organic chemist, but was turned off by the bad smells and the laboratory accidents!

Even today film and darkroom chemistry are the main part of my photography practice.

Sometimes humorous and other times provocative, but always playful, the drawings present personal experiences ... life adventures, misdemeanors, and concerns with certain socio-political issues.

A great read, "The Periodic Table" by Primo Levi, is the literary inspiration.

 

Below:

"TOO GOOD FOR INSTAGRAM"  series

Being exhibited at Mrs Harris' Shop during Fringe 2021

A presentation of totally analogue photographic portraits of local (= Adelaide) persons whom I refer to as acquaintances

I recorded the images on Ilford Delta 400 B&W film with a Mamiya 645 medium format camera, and printed them onto various Ilford fibre-based photographic papers. Post-printing procedures included toning, oil painting and colour pencilling in.

Each photo shoot with an acquaintance was conducted at the end of a lengthy two-way conversation that included life experiences, interests and beliefs, as well as planning for the shoot. Thus, the acquaintance played an active role in the process.

This most personal of my projects is both biographical and autobiographical.

Enjoy

 

"Ashton & Emily in new studio" silver photograph, pencil, copper tone 2020 40x30 cm
"Darren at The Gum Tree" silver photograph, oil 2020 40x30 cm
"Jamie to cut slices" silver photograph, selenium tone 2020 30x40 cm
"Cherise under farm shed" silver photograph, oil 2020 40x30 cm
"Kalila's legs and shoes" silver photograph, iron toned 2020 40x30 cm