Dreams and imagination: light in the modern city examines the special role of light and artificial illumination in Australian modernist urban photography. The exhibition will offer a new perspective on Australian modernist photography by focusing on the important connections between the growth of Australian cities, modernist photography, and the unique role of light as key a symbol of progress and national identity in Australia.
During the 1970s, I was young. Unsatisfied with youth alone, I was also smaller than my present dimensions suggest. When one is small, regardless of age, distances seem more vast and common things seem more big. Everyday things: wardrobes, most objects manufactured by Fisher & Paykel, the packaging they are shipped in…just massive.
Industrial Graffiti captures the unconscious marks created by labourers, technicians and engineers during the construction of our urban built environment. This purposeful defacing has no aesthetic intentions. It is simply a method for preparing, advancing and communicating on a project site. The marking is an ephemeral part of a process that ultimately leads to the creation of a new, functional and aesthetic objective.
Christian graduated from Photography Studies College (Fine Art) Melbourne in 2001 and has exhibited widely. His recent solo exhibitions include shows at Obscura gallery, The Incinerator Arts complex, Gaffa gallery Sydney as part of HEAD On as well as regularly appearing in the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. His commercial photography business Misheye specialises in landscape, industrial and architectural photography. It takes him on assignments across Australia shooting from helicopters, boats and underground for his many corporate and government clients. The National Library of Australia recently acquired a body of Christian’s images on underground tunnels of Victoria.