The world in bold; Newfoundland in abstract.
"It is the landscape that endures, it is the landscape that remains in control." — Ned Pratt
With Ned Pratt, there is no nostalgia, no romance, no theatre. His interest in the Newfoundland landscape forms the foundation for his photography.
Pratt's approach to the act of looking transcends place. He distills the landscape into abstractions of form and colour. Disrupting depth with close architectural details and incisions of poles and wires, he undermines the traditional, romantic notion of “looking out” to sublime geometry.
Net Pratt: One Wave charts a decade of Pratt's breathtaking photography. Echoing Pratt's aesthetic, this beautifully designed book presents Pratt's works in formal conversation with each other. Stark imagery of buildings is juxtaposed with forays into abstraction and celebrations of the inherent geometry of natural forms — whether a single wave crashing over a wall or stones cracked by freezing and thawing.
The first ever book on Ned Pratt's photography, One Wave will accompany a major exhibition of his work, due to open at The Rooms in the fall of 2018. Featuring more than 30 large-scale reproductions of Pratt's photographs, this book will also include essays by the artist, Mireille Eagan, Curator of Contemporary Art at The Rooms; Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Ray Cronin, independent curator; and Jonathan Shaughnessy, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada.
Ned Pratt's photographs have been exhibited at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, PREFIX Photo, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Contact Photography Festival. They may also be found in numerous public and corporate collections.
Pub date: November 6, 2018