Eleanor Macnair’s exhibition ‘Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh’ opens in London in October featuring some well-known and iconic photographs to lesser-known images by contemporary photographers, reproduced in a unlikely medium – Play-Doh.
Macnair had no expectation of ‘Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh’ reaching exhibition status when she began the project on a whim back in August 2013. Producing the images late at night using Play-Doh and a variety of household utensils including a chopping board, a highball glass as a rolling pin and a blunt Ikea knife Macnair creates each image in a little under two hours. After shooting the images Macnair disassembles her creations and the Play-Doh is re-used for future renderings, the works themselves no longer exist – the photographs are all that remain.
Eleanor explains, “On the surface, photographs can condense complex ideas and present them in a straightforward visual language. I take this a step further and pare them down to almost nothing, just form and colour. They are what they are. Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh. It’s my strange tribute to photography.’
The images have been shared and can still be viewed on Macnair’s Tumblr account as well as her Instagram account which has a staggering 33,000 followers resulting in a new, far-reaching audience all over the world.
Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset St, London W1U 7NF Tel: 0207 224 4192
Exhibition dates: 2nd October – 21st November 2015
Opening times: Monday – Friday 10.00am – 18.00pm; Saturday 11.00am – 17.00pm