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Title

Untitled 1995/96

1995-1996


Artist

Bill Henson

Australia

1955 -


About

This diptych is an important companion to the single work (Untitled 1994/1995 221.1996). It was completed a year later but it remains within the series which was exhibited at the Biennale of Venice in 1995.

Henson’s ‘cut screens’ of the mid 1990s allow for disorienting effects of both flesh and ground on a scale that he had not attempted previously. Bodies and landscapes are cut up and what had been manipulated through the camera lens or in the darkroom was pushed to extremes through the use of collage: white shards of photographic paper stuck down with layered images taken at various places and times. In these, bodies merge into each other and into the landscape. Sometimes the effect is Arcadian, at others infernal. The profusion of figures sinking into the darkness, set against mountain peaks or remote city vistas, and sliced with white can produce the shock experienced before paintings of flayed carcasses, or the fascination caused by glimpses of distant forms dappled with light.


Details


Date

1995-1996


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

diptych: 2 type C photographs, adhesive tape, pins, glassine


Dimensions

a - left panel; 305 x 245 cm

b - right panel; 250 x 179 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated c. verso [a], black fibre-tipped pen "...Bill Henson...1995/96...". Signed and dated c. verso [b], black fibre-tipped pen "...Bill Henson...1995/96...".


Credit

Purchased 1996


Location

Not on display


Accession number

283.1996.a-b


Artist information

Bill Henson

Works in the collection

77


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Bill Henson and Judy Annear, Mnemosyne, Sydney, 2005, 424-5 (colour illus.).