Paradise is a Place is David Ryrie's first exhibition at Piermarq. Photography has always been on the agenda as an offering at the gallery. Upon meeting David Ryrie’s work, it was a forgone conclusion for us. His work has a depth and painterly quality rarely found in the medium, so much so that it is easy to understand why his work so swiftly finds its way into collections dominated by painting. Through texture and exceptional composition his photographs warmly embrace, yet unsettle in the very same moment.
Paradise is a Place was captured in Glenorchy a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. Although a popular tourist spot Glenorchy remains, for the most part, unsullied by the trappings of tourism.
On David Ryrie's practice, Julian Beaumont stated that;
"His art is not simply photographic. His concern with image-making has less to do with accurately documenting what a place or object looks like; the foundation of his art is in the significance and potency of the place and of the story that lies there, patent or hidden.”
In this way, Paradise is a Place not only captures the beauty and solitude of Glenorchy, but explores the way in which we co-exist and are eclipsed by nature. We are thrilled to present David Ryrie’s latest body of work, letting his unique narrative expose a little more about what lies at the top of the lake.