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Collection

Steven Lojewski

(England, Canada, Australia 1952 – )

Title
Untitled (M.L.C Building, Martin Place, Sydney)
Year
1983
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph
Dimensions

25.8 x 25.6 cm image; 31.7 x 30.4 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1984
Accession number
21.1984
Location
Not on display
Further information

The photographs of Steven Lojewski often reveal the unseen in the built environment, the quirky forms that seem to escape ordinary vision. Lojewski was born in London and spent early years in Canada, before moving to Melbourne and studying photography at Prahran College of Advanced Education. He moved to Sydney in the mid 1970s, where he now lives and teaches at Sydney College of the Arts. His work is concerned with formal elements of shape, line and texture. These elements are often juxtaposed through unlikely camera angles and sharp perspectives to create layered images. Architectural symbols are framed in isolation with simple beauty, or else thrown against each other in collages that suggest the visual fragmentation of architecture in the highly developed metropolis. In these views from Sydney rooftops, simple architectural elements such as the dome of the Queen Victoria Building are eloquently framed within Lojewski's formal compositions.

Bibliography (4)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. cat.no. 165

Natasha Bullock, Australian postwar photodocumentary, Sydney, 2004. no catalogue numbers

Kay Vernon, Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 22

Michael Wardell, My city of Sydney, Sydney, 2000. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (8)

Steven Lojewski - Sydney Rooftops, Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, 05 Oct 1983–06 Nov 1983

Lady Warwick Fairfax Award 1983, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Oct 1983–27 Nov 1983

Contemporary Photography from the Collection (1984), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Jun 1984–12 Aug 1984

Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 1986–23 Nov 1986

Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jan 1990–11 Mar 1990

Souvenirs of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Mar 1992–10 May 1992

My city of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Sep 2000–22 Oct 2000

Australian postwar photodocumentary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jun 2004–08 Aug 2004