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Bill Henson at Tolarno

Bill Henson, 'Untitled', archival inkjet pigment print

Bill Henson’s latest show at Tolarno is a knock-out.  As always, his supine nudes hover in intermediary states between innocence and experience – what makes the photographs so breathtaking is the quality of the prints.  Up close, the individual grains of colour are entirely abstract.  Step back, and Henson’s mastery of modelling in light and shade reveals itself.  His sitters take on a distinctly sculptural dimension, their bluish flesh dense like marble.

Bill Henson, 'Untitled', archival inkjet pigment print

Taken within various art museums, the accompanying crowd scenes provide a complementary foil to his stylised adolescents.  Recalling the artist’s street shots from the early 1980’s, Henson captures viewers absorbed in moments of quiet contemplation, their interiority amplified by the crowds around them.

Bill Henson, 'Untitled', archival inkjet pigment print

And then of course, there are the landscapes, that evoke their own moody twilight states.  Shot in sombre blues and a brilliant orange respectively, Henson’s two monumental rock formations enhance the stillness of his human subjects.  There is an elegant interrelationship between the thirteen photographs in this exhibition.  Together, they sing.

Bill Henson, Tolarno Galleries, Level 4, 104 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, LAST DAY TODAY! Thursday 21st April, 2011.

Looking Forward – Bill Henson

Bill Henson, 'Untitled', archival inkjet pigment print, 127 x 180 cm, 2010/2011

Bill Henson, Tolarno Galleries, Level 4, 104 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.  Exhibition dates: 31 March – 21 April, 2011.

Brendan Huntley joins Tolarno Galleries

Installation view, Brendan Huntley 'Looking Forward', 2009

Yesterday Tolarno Galleries announced that Brendan Huntley will be joining their stable.  The artist and Eddy Current frontman (who previously exhibited with Utopian Slumps and Hell Gallery) will have his first solo exhibition at Tolarno next year.