Jamie Chapman: Rear Window
15 November 2016 – 15 January 2017, Master Bedroom
Peeping has always been one of the guilty pleasures of the viewer; there’s something about having a cheeky perve while those on the other side of the lens are unable to return our gaze. It doesn’t have to be Magic Mike or 50 shades of Dakota Johnson; the real excitement comes with watching a person let down their defences. But is it wrong to spy on others? Probably, but aren’t we all voyeurs when switching on the Tele?
For some, ‘people watching’ is a hobby, while for the many it is a subconscious or unconscious daily activity. In Rear Window, Jamie Chapman explores a darker side to people watching; when curiosity overwhelms and boundaries are crossed.
Cinematic structures are exploited to build a sense of anticipation. Frames are harshly cropped to frustrate the viewer and coax them into forming their own narrative as to what takes place just outside of the screen.
Chapman’s paintings play on the uncertainty of the viewers’ role; are they merely a spectator or do they become implicated as the antagonist?
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