Exhibition: 31 January to 24 February, 2007
In Decoy Paul Adair constructs small sculptures with objects and taxidermy animals. They have a decidedly hokey and artificial edge. He then photographs these arrangements against a white studio backdrop, which heightens the act of construction. Adair is interested in exploring the portrayal of reality in contemporary photography. More specifically, he is interested in exposing a reality that is quite sinister and, in a sense, radically incomplete. Decoy examines the relationships and associations that are made in regards to the truth of the photographic image and its subsequent illusion. The work aesthetically compares the role of the decoy in nature and in hunting to the field of manipulation and visual perception.