Shared Hallucination



“The Photograph then becomes a bizarre medium, a new form of hallucination: false on the level of perception, true on the level of time: a temporal hallucination, so to speak, a modest shared hallucination (on the one hand 'it is not there,' on the other 'but it has indeed been'): a mad image, chafed by reality.” ― Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

Adrienne Millwood and Angus Baird’s works are unified by how their painting practices incorporate photographs imbued with latent histories. The works that feature in Shared Hallucination impart photographic signatures of time with painterly techniques to re-articulate the medium’s perpetual existence with the present by way of each artist’s painted intervention.

Through meticulous photographic transfer processes, both artists alter the photographic form and render the resulting images as highly subjective, painted outcomes. Rather than reproducing photographs as paintings, both Baird and Millwood prefer to rupture objective histories assumed by the photograph with abstracted forms of painted compositions that assert each artists’ subjective projections of history.


Adrienne Millwood is an artist based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Millwood examines the fusion generated through exploiting found photographic images in combination with paint and pigment transfer. Just as memory, imagination, and consciousness itself are stitched, quilted and pastiched together - the combination of this media allow her to consider both formal and philosophical configurations inherent to the image. Millwood graduated with a BFA (First Class) Hons from Ilam School of Fine Arts at The University of Canterbury in 2012 where she is currently a lecturer in painting for 2015. Millwood has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia and Japan, with her work held in private and public collections in New Zealand, including the University of Canterbury and James Wallace Trust Collection. She is represented in New Zealand by {Suite} Gallery, Wellington.

Angus Baird is an Australian born artist based in Melbourne and Berlin. His works address abstraction and photography in relation to the narrative functions of images. Baird studied abroad at Valencia Polytechnic before graduating from RMIT with a bachelor in Fine in 2011, His work is held in private collections in Germany and Australia. He is the founder and Director of InternatioNOW - an exchange initiative that forms group exhibitions with artists based in Australia and Europe. Selected solo and group exhibitions include the Antipodes Project, Melbourne & Valencia Spain, 2014; InternatioNOW, Fort Delta, Melbourne, 2014. Publications include sleek magazine (Germany), 2014; unlike berlin (Germany, 2013, CLmag (Spain), 2013; sleek mag, (Germany), 2013.