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Monday, April 6, 2009

Pixel Perfect: Digitally Abstracted Photography by Henry Bateman

Pixel Perfect - The Exhibition
Digitally Abstracted Photography by Henry Bateman

Opening Reception : 6pm to 9pm Tuesday 21 April 2009
Sining Kamalig, 4/L, Gateway Mall, Araneta Centre,
Cubao, Quezon City

Following the publication of his third book of photography, Pixel Perfect, photographic artist Henry Bateman will exhibit the works from the book at Sining Kamalig Gallery from 21 April to 12 May.

Pixel Perfect – The Exhibition, will show case the eight works in the book which are comprised of 45 digitally abstracted photographs. Made over the three year period, 2006 to 2008, these photographs explore Bateman’s coming to terms with the culture shock of emigrating from Australia to the Philippines.

Inspired by the Philippines, its land and its people, Bateman uses his camera to investigate his reaction to the scenes that surround him. From his first Christmas in these Islands in the triptych “Seasons Greetings” to dealing with government bureaucracy in “2 416 329 X” Bateman looks beneath the surface appearance of his photographs to explore the “why” of his camera captures.

By investigating the basic digital structure, the pixel, of his photographs he abandons the surface appearance by digitally abstracted them. And like abstract paintings, Bateman’s photographs extend beyond the limitations of the representational. Each of his photographs is printed as an archival inkjet on canvas and displayed as a series to make a work that explores an idea or theme.

Bateman has been working with digital photography for only nine years, prior to that he was a painter and a theatrical set and lighting designer. But in this relatively short time his work has gained international recognition with an exhibition at the Australian National University in 2007 and an invitation to exhibit his work at the 2009 Florence Biennale in Italy in December.

Pixel Perfect – The Exhibition, will be Bateman’s third solo show in the Philippines and although published in book form it will be the first exhibition of these photographs as cohesive works of art. Each photograph measures 20”x 48” which makes the 12 photographs of the “Broken Spaces” work a massive 80”x144” exploration of the adoption of a new cultural identity.

Pixel Perfect – The Exhibition is on show at Sining Kamalig Gallery, Level 4, Gateway Mall, Arenata Center, Cubao, Quezon City from the 21 April to 12 May. The opening reception will be from 6pm to 9pm on 21 April.

For more information contact
Simoun Balboa – Sining Kamalig Gallery
Tel: 0918 219 1080 Email:
Or Henry Bateman – Artist
Tel: 757 3916 Email:

To view the artworks included in the exhibition, click here.
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