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SPOWART: One of Bill Henson’s ‘WILDCARDS’

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The exhibition WILDCARDS at the Monash Gallery of Art closed today. I was wanting to prepare a post that gave some backstory to my work that was selected by Henson to be in the show.   I’ve been very busy, so I have not been able to prepare the full story.  Later …

 

For the first time Bill Henson curated an exhibition of Australian photography.

Drawing on MGA’s collection, Henson selected around 100 photographs which have gripped, intrigued, or otherwise engaged him. This selection of photographs was arranged throughout MGA in an experience that will be as intriguing as it will be revealing of Henson’s sensibilities. The exhibition includes many rarely seen photographs, covering the history of Australian photography.

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The Monash Gallery of Art WILDCARDS Exhibition - The walls were painted black!

The Monash Gallery of Art WILDCARDS Exhibition – The walls were painted black!

 

”All environments are immersive and so my intention, in so far as I am able, is to simply modulate the space, including changing the wall colour, the lighting and, of course, the placement of works so that enough ‘sympathetic’ space opens up for an unexpected intimacy to develop and, ideally, for the experience for others to be one which is powerfully apprehended but not necessarily fully understood.”  Bill Henson about WILDCARDS.

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My work between two 1880s Fred Kruger photographs from the outback of Indigenous people.

My work between two 1880s Fred Kruger photographs from the outback of Indigenous people.

 

 

My photograph …

Doug Spowart photograph

Doug Spowart photograph

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South of the border, Woomera 1983
sepia-toned gelatin silver print, printed 1986
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
acquired 1986
MGA 1986.44

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Hensons WILDCARD List of works

Hensons WILDCARD List of works

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PDF Download Henson’s WILDCARDS List of works Click Link
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Read more:
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REVIEWS:
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/bill-henson-sheds-new-light-in-photography-exhibition-at-the-monash-gallery-of-art-20140205-321nd.html#ixzz2uWdizvOz
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http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/australia-culture-blog/2014/feb/12/wildcards-bill-henson-shuffles-the-deck-review
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An Interview with Henson:
http://artguide.com.au/articles-page/show/bill-henson-2/
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Images: Courtesy of the Monash Gallery of ArtP.  Photographs: Katie Tremschnig

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  1. Well done indeed. High praise to be up there with Bill. Peter.

    peteskibreen

    March 30, 2014 at 9:43 pm


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