10 April–26 May 200710 Apr–26 May 2007
Australian artist Bill Henson is a passionate and visionary explorer of twilight zones, of the ambiguous spaces that exist between day and night, nature and civilization, youth and adulthood, male and female. His photographs of landscapes at dusk, of the industrial ‘no-man’s land’ that lies on the outskirts of our cities and of androgynous girls and boys adrift in the nocturnal turmoil of adolescence are painterly tableaux that continue the tradition of romantic literature and painting in our post-industrial age. Were it not for Henson’s primary, almost devotional need to elicit empathy for his troubled human subjects, there’s a feeling that nothing would prevent the black in his photographs from completely absorbing his attention and extinguishing his work.—Dennis Cooper.
This exhibition includes twenty-one recent photographs by the Melbourne artist. Thanks to Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery, Sydney.