Thirdspace

2000

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Berlin Wall, de Chirico' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Berlin Wall, de Chirico

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Seed pods, San Francisco' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Seed pods, San Francisco

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Ruins, San Francisco' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Ruins, San Francisco

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Rooftops, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Rooftops, Paris
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Reichstag, Berlin' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Reichstag, Berlin

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Mist, Golden Gate' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Mist, Golden Gate
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Cloud, Golden Gate' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Cloud, Golden Gate

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Jamie Byrne, Berlin Wall' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Jamie Byrne, Berlin Wall

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Reichstag, Berlin' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Reichstag, Berlin

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Coral, London' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Coral, London

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Nude, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Nude, Paris

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Geraniums, San Francisco' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Geraniums, San Francisco
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Dead tree, San Francisco' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Dead tree, San Francisco

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Brendon, England' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Brendon, England

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Saint Chapelle, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Saint Chapelle, Paris

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Brendon's Feet, Hertfordshire' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Brendon’s feet, Hertfordshire

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Cloud, Golden Gate' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Cloud, Golden Gate
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Painted star, Berlin Wall' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Painted star, Berlin Wall

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Lilium candidum and Sphinx's feet, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Lilium candidum and Sphinx’s feet, Paris

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Zebra crossing, London' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Zebra crossing, London

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Saint Chapelle, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Saint Chapelle, Paris
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Saint Chapelle, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Saint Chapelle, Paris

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Tuileries Garden, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Tuileries Garden, Paris

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Tuileries Garden, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Tuileries Garden, Paris
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Tuileries Garden, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Tuileries Garden, Paris

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Mother's hands, Hertfordshire' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Mother’s hands, Hertfordshire
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Mother's feet, Hertfordshire' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Mother’s feet, Hertfordshire

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Helen, Berlin Wall' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Helen, Berlin Wall

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Woman holding wrist, Berlin' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Woman holding wrist, Berlin

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Edge, San Francisco' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Edge, San Francisco

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Sutro Baths, San Francisco' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Sutro Baths, San Francisco
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Algae, San Francisco' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Algae, San Francisco

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Low cloud, San Francisco' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Low cloud, San Francisco
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Low cloud, San Francisco' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Low cloud, San Francisco

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Four boys, Chicago' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Four boys, Chicago

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'L, Chicago' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
L, Chicago
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Vault, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Vault, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Nude, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Nude, Paris
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Double exposure, Berlin' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Double exposure, Berlin

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Boats, Chicago' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Boats, Chicago

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Coral, London' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Coral, London

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Kisses, Oscar's tomb, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Kisses, Oscar’s tomb, Paris
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Oscar Wilde's tomb, Père Lachaise, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Oscar Wilde’s tomb, Père Lachaise, Paris

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Spirit, Wabash Bridge, Chicago' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Spirit, Wabash Bridge, Chicago

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Saint Chapelle, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Saint Chapelle, Paris

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Dusk, Chicago University' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Dusk, Chicago University
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Brendon's flat, London' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Brendon’s flat, London

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Red, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Red, Paris

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Red chairs, green sun' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Red chairs, green sun

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Light, London' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Light, London

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Saint Chapelle, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Saint Chapelle, Paris

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Brendon, London' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Brendon, London
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Brendon, London' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Brendon, London

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Tuileries Garden, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Tuileries Garden, Paris
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Tuileries Garden, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Tuileries Garden, Paris
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Tuileries Garden, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Tuileries Garden, Paris
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Tuileries Garden, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Tuileries Garden, Paris

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'War damage, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
War damage, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Chair, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Chair, Paris

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Old lady, Reichstag' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Old lady, Reichstag

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Berlin Wall, de Chirico' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Berlin Wall, de Chirico

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Vault, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Vault, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Vault, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Vault, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Brendon, England' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Brendon, England
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Vault, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Vault, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Brendon's feet, England' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Brendon’s feet, England

 

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Robbie over the hill, San Francisco' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Robbie over the hill, San Francisco

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Street, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Street, Paris
Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Garden, Berlin' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Garden, Berlin

 

Marcus Bunyan (Australian, b. 1948) 'Foot, Saint Chapelle, Paris' 2000 from the series 'Thirdspace'
Foot, Saint Chapelle, Paris

 

 

Taken in 1999 the photographs in this series were my first in colour after finishing with black and white photography in 1997. Captured on a Mamiya C220 medium format film camera the images have lain dormant for 21 years until recently. Now scanned and sequenced, they picture how I was seeing the world at the time, exploring the “conflict” between the made image and the desire for multiple viewpoints (Deixis); accepting the existence of the made image while desiring the multiple other.

This work is about being in the world and transcending it, and recognising that we can exist between the phenomenal and the noumenal. As has been said of Joseph Cornell’s boxes, “They partake of both dream and reality, and of something else that doesn’t have a name. They tempt the viewer in two opposite directions. One is to look and admire… and the other is to make up stories about what one sees… Neither (way) by itself is sufficient. It’s the mingling of the two that makes up the third image.”1

The Thirdspace – in which “everything comes together… subjectivity and objectivity, the abstract and the concrete, the real and the imagined, the knowable and the unimaginable, the repetitive and the differential, structure and agency, mind and body, consciousness and the unconscious, the disciplined and the trans-disciplinary, everyday life and unending history”2 – allows that none of these couples, such as the phenomenal and the noumenal, can be divided by an either-or attitude. “This… does not mean differences are denied, instead, it most of all means the inevitable reciprocity of any pair of definitions. In such a case both leave a mark on the other. It is a question of both-and – how each of the pair influences the other.”3

In the case of the series, this reciprocity allows the images to possess a multivalent narrative, which is neither here nor there. It allows the work to be accessible to different interpretations, meanings, and values: a new door or path opens up on the basis of very diverse needs and objectives. These photographs, untraceable gifts from photography itself, are marks of candour and authenticity, both descriptions of a stable object and the fleeting glance of a picture caught on the run (thirdspace). As an artist the concerns expressed in them through their visual literacy (their music) – that is, an investigation into our fluid identity and shifting place in the world – are still with me today, themes that orbit a mysterious sun.

We see our life on this Earth not as a story, but as scattered and suggestive clues… found in nature as fragmented and unexplained forms seen from unexpected vantage points – visions that may, eventually, coalesce into a whole that makes life sustainable, surreal.

Dr Marcus Bunyan 2021

70 images
© Marcus Bunyan

 

Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

Photographs are available from this series for purchase. As a guide, a digital colour 16″ x 20″ print costs $1,000 plus tracked and insured shipping. For more information please see the Store web page.

 

Footnotes

  1. Simic, Charles. “First, there are,” in Dime Store Alchemy. New York: The Ecco Press, 1992, p. 60 quoted in Heaney, Seamus. The Redress of Poetry. Faber and Faber, London, 1995, p. 181.
  2. Soja, Edward W. Thirdspace. Malden (Mass.): Blackwell, 1996, p. 57 quoted in “Edward Soja” on the Wikipedia website [Online] Cited 01/05/2016.
  3. Hannula, Mika. “Third space – a merry-go-round of opportunity,” on the Kiasma Magazine website No 12 Vol 4, 2001 [Online] Cited 01/05/2016. No longer available online.

 

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