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Title

Systematically Altered Photographs

1968

Artist

Ian Burn

Australia, United States of America

29 Dec 1939 - 29 Sep 1993

Alternate image of Systematically Altered Photographs by Ian Burn
Alternate image of Systematically Altered Photographs by Ian Burn
Alternate image of Systematically Altered Photographs by Ian Burn
Alternate image of Systematically Altered Photographs by Ian Burn
  • Details

    Date
    1968
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    3 black and white photographs (reproduction from 'Australian Panorama', Australian News and Information Bureau, c.1967) and photocopy on paper, 1 black and white photograph
    Edition
    21/25
    Dimensions

    a - A, 32.1 x 27.9 cm, image

    a - A, 55.9 x 61.4 cm, sheet

    b - B, 22.7 x 28 cm, image

    b - B, 55.9 x 61.4 cm, sheet

    c - C, 38.1 x 27.7 cm, image

    c - C, 55.9 x 61.4 cm, sheet

    d - text, 55.9 x 61.4 cm, sheet

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. sheet each photograph, black ink "Ian Burn 1968".

    Credit
    Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 2005
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    130.2005.a-d
    Copyright
    © Ian Burn Estate

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  • About

    'Systematically Altered Photographs' focuses on systems of knowledge in society and how images convey meaning. By methodically disintegrating pre-existing generic images of Australia using a photocopying process, Burn reevaluates the notion of originality and authenticity. This series of photographs eloquently realise the artist's exploration into art-making, language and representation.

    Burn spoke about this group of works in 1988. He said "…imagery was reintroduced in ways which deliberately exposed its problematic status. In the 'Systematically Altered Photographs', the image was photocopied, then the copy copied and so on, for about a dozen times. The altered image was then juxtaposed with the original, with the readings drawing attention arbitrarily to certain features and details. The original image was cut from a magazine. There was no sense of creating the image, only of recreating it within a new system. The source was a promotional publication put out for overseas consumption by the Australian government…The clichéd character of the images was important". (Melbourne, 1988)

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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