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Boyd Webb

New Zealand, England

1947 –

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    unique Cibachrome photograph
    151.0 x 121.0 cm image; 175.8 x 145.2 x 6.6 cm frame
    Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 1987
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Boyd Webb

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    Boyd Webb

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 7 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

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

    • Anthony Bond and Victoria Lynn, AGNSW 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.).