Sydney-born George Byrne (b. 1976) creates large-scale images that depict landscapes as painterly abstractions. Comparable to the works of Lewis Baltz and Ellsworth Kelly, Byrne’s collage-like images – taken from the New Order and Color Field series – utilise the process of reduction. Flattened lines and interjectory shadows become part of a wider dimensional puzzle that revels in texture. An alluring interplay between concrete and colour is at once minimal and deeply complex; through abandoned sidewalks, luminous bollards and pastel awnings, the seemingly anonymous nature of Los Angeles architecture is illuminated. Ultimately, surfaces become a hive of possibility; the banal metropolis is translated into a multi-tonal playground. As the artist notes: “Whilst the images remain portraits of the city, they also become more abstract in their intention – based on a true story but open to interpretation.” www.georgebyrne.com.
Longer Ways to Go presents photographs from the the Center for Creative Photography made of, from, on, and in the roads that criss-cross America.
Regularly seeking out abandoned spaces with her camera, VanDeman finds traces of past inhabitants in the remaining furniture, letters and possessions.
Working in both photography and filmmaking, Robert Harding Pittman questions the difference between what is deemed to be nature and what is natural. Through his image-work he considers the contrast between manmade constructions and organic growth, exploring whether humanity controls and interrupts evolution or is just part of the process.