The Krystal World

Event details

12th February - 12th December 2010


About the event

The Krystal World

2 December to 12 December 2010
Private view: Thursday 2 December, 2010, 6-8pm
Exhibiting photographers: Joel Lardner and Dan Tobin Smith

The Viewfinder Photography Gallery is pleased to present ìThe Krystal
World,î a collaborative project initiated by Joel Lardner and Dan Tobin Smith. The
project attempts to stimulate new imaginative strategies via an alchemical
photomontage technique. Tobin Smithís photographic archive provides a seductive
sequence of images from which new meanings are formed and new worlds explored.
Cordyceps fungi provides a way of understanding this creative process and the
discourse associated with beauty and decay that permeates this body of work.

Cordyceps is a type of parasitic fungi found mainly on insects and other
arthropods, a few are parasitic on other fungi. When a Cordyceps fungus attacks a
host, the mycelium invades and eventually replaces the host tissue, while the
elongated fruiting body may be cylindrical, branched, or of complex shape. These
organic, unusual and beautiful shapes are created by the parasitic fungi invading the
host body. There is a parallel here with the visual outcomes of this collaborative

The photographs of Dan Tobin Smith are transformed and transmuted into
different forms by the illustrative work of Joel Lardner in an expressive, organic and
intuitive response to the original photographic work. These organic forms evolve out
of the photographic work and depend upon it for their development in much the same
way as the Cordyceps fungus invades and exploits its host for its own development
and survival.

ìThe Krystal Worldî of Tobin Smith & Lardner reflects what Nicolas Bourriaud
in his book Postproduction (2007) called ëalter-modernityí, the formation of something
that is ëon the moveí. To enter the Krystal World is to engage with the transmutation
of form and meaning, with beauty and decay, with the seduction and transgression of
the visual image and ultimately to encounter the hidden worlds created by Lardner
and Tobin Smith.

Exhibition catalogue text by Dr. Anna Middleton, the Arts University College at

Viewfinder Photography Gallery curator: Kathleen Brey

Exhibitor information

Joel Lardner and Dan Tobin Smith