Integrity of the focal plane – Neil Ayling and William Mokrynski

‘Integrity of the focal plane’ is duo exhibition of work by Neil Ayling and William Mokrynski.

The title is a play on Clement Greenberg’s term “integrity of the picture plane” from his essay Modernist Painting 1961. In the essay, Greenberg talks about the approach modernist painters took to challenge the preconception of what painting could and should be. Self-criticism of the discipline he saw as being key.

“The essence of Modernism lies, as I see it, in the use of characteristic methods of a discipline to criticize the discipline itself, not in order to subvert it but in order to entrench it more firmly in its area of competence. “

With this body of work both Ayling and Mokrynski hope to challenge the preconceptions of the photographic silver gelatine process.

Ayling approaches photography from a sculptural perspective, utilising the photographic medium as a sculptural material. In his work, Ayling uses photography as confirmation of a tangible focal plane that interacts with and references the physicality of materials.

Mokrynski has spent a lifetime working with photography. Having worked as a photojournalist and architectural photographer, Mokrynski has recently turned his attention to the legacy of the photographic negative and the mysteries contained within these often anonymous lost fragments of the past.