25 September – 12 October 2013 (Artist talk: 12 October 2013)
Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
Plant material, 1 channel video (projection), paper, cardboard, glass, acrylic paint, ceramic, porcelain, stoneware
Overall dimensions: 2.7m (h) x 3.7m (w) x 5m (d)
Passing Parades explored the contradictory nature of time within the installation environment, presenting several pieces that simultaneously critique time’s ephemeral, moving and static character. The exhibition period of three weeks provided a theatrical backdrop for the staging of plant based works that grew and faded, the looped and fixed duration of the moving image and stilled ceramic elements carrying the marks from a past moment in time.
“Time is simultaneously stilled, celebrated and surveyed in this mostly ephemeral installation by Leahlani Johnson in which petals and plants are pressed, pinned, projected onto walls, creating the most delicate of time-lapse tableaux, with even objects cast in ceramic or painted on glass taking on poignant impermanence”. Michael Fitzgerald, Open Gallery, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, October 5 – 6, 2013
Photography: Patrick Cremin