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Curatorial statement by Don Snyder and Melodie Ng on Faithless Grottoes, 2007.
The images [from Faithless Grottoes] are frenetic, even psychedelic. The photographs appear almost as stills of moving images, due to the repetition, shifts of colour, and video quality of Rodick’s technique. Electric blue and glowing orange dominate the palette. Bodies and faces take over the frame, emerging from black voids. The expressions are difficult to read: are they raging with intense pain or pleasure? The ambiguity is captured in the title of one of Rodick’s pieces: "In pain there burns a secret joy." The faces stare out at the viewer or close their eyes in seeming ecstasy – but all are in double vision.
Don Snyder is Dean of Image Arts, Ryerson University and Melodie Ng is a photographic artist. This text was excerpted from the piece they wrote for the exhibition, which they co-curated: Three Constructions of the Image, part of Contact 2007, Toronto's annual festival of photography.
In pain there burns a secret joy," second version (For H.H.)
©Frank Rodick 2012