Sunday, May 15, 2011

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery - Group Show - Head On






Group Show - Destiny Deacon, Fiona Hall, Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, TV Moore, Julie Rrap and Anne Zahalka

With the Head On Photography Festival in full close up and so many galleries getting involved it was great to see this selection of ‘greats’ since I missed the opening. On entry ‘Outerspace’ digital print on archival rag paper by Julie Rrap is a testament to her ongoing
search within and outside the body, another extension of ‘Escape Artist’ maybe... Fiona Hall’s large Polaroid photographs of shiny metal reliefs of domestic objects are as pure as gold, beautiful representations of objects that you wouldn’t normally see in Aluminium...

Around the corner are a line of ‘Star’ portraits, ‘The Immortals’, archival pigment ink print, are not what you first think, I too had to do a double take, but these portraits are beautiful, Anna Zahalka has captured the true essence of the wax model, if I was a wax model I’d want to be photographed by Anna... With the Bill Henson ‘Untitled 1985/86 (Suburban/Egyptian) series, it’s his landscapes that get me every time and the intensity of his portraits, like they are burning holes in your eyes, they are very sensitive and beautiful...

Tracey Moffat’s ‘Scarred for life II 1999’, off set print, are also just as intense, tell tale reminders of childhood bullying and a painful adolescence, Tracey has been completely honest in her heart wrenching portrayal... ‘Urban Army Man (2000)’ 2 channel split signal DV/DVD, is quite mesmerising, I really loved the sound track, it felt like I just sat there watching for ages, well done... And Destiny Deacon’s, Lamba and light jet prints from Polaroid originals are another set of intense story lines, truthful, humorous and playfully vibrant...

This show is amazing, and well worth a visit or two or three...

Written by Fleur

6th May - 11th June 2011
www.roslynoxley9.com.au