Hotel Mermaid Club is the first solo exhibition by Chris Rhodes (b.1986), a fine art photographer from Macclesfield, England. A prize-winning photographer, Rhodes’ practice reflects on our daily landscape and its trivial qualities. His work has been featured in various exhibitions across the UK and America.
The Exhibition draws its focus on people and the ‘self-made landscapes’ they create. Although human presence can’t be depicted within a conventional portrait, a set of objects and items along with their surroundings can give rise to a figurative representation of the subject.
Making what otherwise goes unnoticed, obvious and extreme; Rhodes’ work is shown as a ‘cabinet of curiosity’ collected from across eight countries. With this, these photographs allow for an anthropological observation into each surrounding, elevating the subtle differences between the countries in study. Stereotypes are undoubtedly challenged within these depictions, with nostalgia highlighting the faded glamour of each trivial object.
Chantal Webber, Founder and Director of Webber Represents notes that:
“The exhibition draws on photography's power to isolate and illuminate otherwise overlooked detail and instances. In a world where images are slipping by at an increasing speed and the complexities of the nature of how and where we are being prescribed to look at photographs, Chris' work gives us pause for thought; a myriad of visual delights which champion photography's innate power to record often missed glances”.
‘Hotel Mermaid Club’ is free to visit at Webber Gallery Space from now until 12th May