Ron McCormick

CARROT FLY

Map – [15] Ffoto Newport : 3 Market Arcade NP20 1FS

Fri Nov 26, 5-8pm / Sat Nov 27, 12-6pm / Sun Nov 28, 1-6pm

The exhibition runs from Saturday 27th November –  Sunday 23rd January 2022

To celebrate the launch of Newport’s first Photographic Gallery we are presenting Ron McCormick’s humorous depictions of the Carrot and the Fly from his book Carrot Fly. Occasionally described as “carrotica”  this exhibition will surprise and amuse the viewer in equal measures.

The most beautiful of root vegetables the Carrot may be likened to Venus, although at times, it may also be compared with that other icon of feminine beauty, the Willendorf woman. A carrot can make you smile and even blush when faced with their naked beauty. Ancient Greeks called the carrot a philtron (“Iove charm“) and today the carrot still carries a subtle erotic potency. 

On the other hand the Fly is universally detested and must rank as the most hated of all insects, a carrier of numerous diseases and universally loathed. Ron McCormick’s photographs echo the pestilential horror that their presence invokes while at the same time paying a quiet homage to their evolutionary persistence

I ddathlu lansiad Oriel Ffotograffig gyntaf Casnewydd rydym yn cyflwyno darluniau doniol Ron McCormick o’r Carrot and the Fly o’i lyfr Carrot Fly. Weithiau, fel “carrotica”, bydd yr arddangosfa hon yn synnu ac yn difyrru’r gwyliwr mewn mesurau cyfartal.

Efallai y bydd y llysiau harddaf o’r Moron yn cael eu cymharu â Venus, er ar brydiau, gellir ei gymharu â’r eicon arall hwnnw o harddwch benywaidd, y fenyw Willendorf. Gall moron wneud ichi wenu a hyd yn oed gochi wrth wynebu eu harddwch noeth. Roedd Groegiaid Hynafol yn galw’r foronen yn ffiltron (“swyn Iove”) a heddiw mae’r foronen yn dal i fod â nerth erotig cynnil.

Ar y llaw arall, mae’r Plu yn cael ei ddinistrio’n gyffredinol a rhaid iddo gael ei ystyried fel yr un mwyaf cas o’r holl bryfed, cludwr afiechydon niferus ac yn gas gan bawb. Mae ffotograffau Ron McCormick yn adleisio’r arswyd pestilential y mae eu presenoldeb yn ei alw ac ar yr un pryd yn talu gwrogaeth dawel i’w dyfalbarhad esblygiadol.

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