Arena Meditation, 2016
Gareth McConnell

Arena Meditation, 2016
Edition of 10 + 3 ap
Fuji Crystal Archive paper
with gloss finish
40 x 32 cm (15.7 x12.6 inches)
Signed, numbered and dated by the artist
Certificate of authenticity

As part of the 42 pages of photographs (including cover) that Gareth McConnell shot for the current issue (Summer / Autumn 2016) of Arena Homme + magazine he revisited his acclaimed ‘Meditations’ series of 2003-06 (as featured in Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography, 2009 published by Phaidon, 2009 ‘a critical overview focused on diverse global developments in ‘art’ photography through the work of 121 contemporary artists, who were nominated by 78 international critics, curators and artists.’ )

‘Gareth McConnell’s photographs of his bed and flowers have to be understood with his other work in mind. The motivation and poignance behind the images in “Meditations” (2003-06), “Night Flowers” (2002-10), make little sense if you don’t know McConnell’s shocking and affective images in the series “Anti-Social Behaviour Parts I & II” (1995)—victims of paramilitary punishment beatings in his homeland of Northern Ireland, or IV drug users who were his friends and sometime community. This is true of beautiful things, isn’t it? Beauty is cloying and saccharine when it’s too easily granted.’ Alison Green (originally printed in Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography)