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Title

Renounce

1984


Artist

Boyd Webb

New Zealand, England

1947 -


About

This photograph is typical of Boyd Webb's pioneering work with performance and photography. The works are theatrical in the direct and obvious sense that they are records of staged events. The artist uses sculptural tableaux or pictorial installations to touch on global issues of our time: pollution, proliferation, entropy and extinction. Arranged specifically to be photographed, they function like a game of visual consequences, their narratives open ended. In his studio Webb conjures boundless space, an entire layered universe. Yet the vision is microcosmic, a constructed, a simplified version of the real world. This surrealist strategy allows viewers to make up their own sequels to the implied action.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1994.


Details


Date

1984


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

unique Cibachrome photograph


Dimensions

151.0 x 121.0 cm image; 175.8 x 145.2 x 6.6 cm frame


Credit

Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 1987


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9.1987


Artist information

Boyd Webb

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Adelaide Festival of Arts, Boyd Webb, Adelaide, 1986, (colour illus.).

Anthony Bond and Victoria Lynn, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Contemporary Practice - Here, There, Everywhere ...', pg. 229-285, Sydney, 1994, 278 (colour illus.).

Jenny Harper, Boyd Webb, Auckland, 1997, 92 (colour illus.).

John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, L'indifférent, England, 1985.

Gerhard Johann Lischka, Jean Hurbert Martin and Hans-Christoph von Tavel, Alles und noch viel mehr: das poetische ABC, Bern, 1985.

Stuart Morgan, Boyd Webb, 'Global Strategy', pg.9-20, London, 1987, 19, 57 (colour illus.).