Mind-bending photo exhibition Robyn Stacey: Ray of Light opens at Coorong Gallery

An exhibition that twists the viewer's perception of familiar sites around Adelaide has just opened at the Coorong Gallery.

Robyn Stacey: Ray of Light is a collection of eight large-scale camera obscura photographs by the contemporary Australian artist.

The optical device produces images which trap and invert the world around them.

Included in the exhibtion are images of sites such as the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Parliament House, the Institute Building, the Lighthouse Wharf Hotel at Port Adelaide, Carrick Hill, The Cedars at Hahndorf and the University of South Australia's Brookman Building.

The artist described her images as "a mash-up of inside and outside".

"The magic of the camera obscura is that it makes us question what we take for granted," she said.

"The everyday experience is presented upside down and in reverse, mimicking the way an image forms on the retina.

"In some photographs cars drive over the ceiling and the sky and clouds cover the floor ... it's like being in a movie, where you are in the world, but removed from it at the same time."

Coorong Mayor Paul Simmons encouraged locals to come and take a look.

"Robyn Stacey is a highly regarded artist and it is great news for the Coorong Gallery to be hosting this exhibition in partnership with Country Arts SA, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Regional Galleries Association of South Australia," he said.

"Rarely do we see works like this exhibited in our region.

"We look forward to sharing them with locals and visitors."

Stacey first showed the images in 2016 as part of the Adelaide Bienniale of Australian Art.

They were shown at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery during April and May.

Some of her other works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the New South Wales Historic Houses Trust, the City of Sydney, the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Artbank and the state galleries of NSW, Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

Robyn Stacey: Ray of Light will remain on show at the Coorong Gallery until July 26.

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