John Austin: Survey II 1994-2017
Location Lower Gallery
From Saturday 16 September 2017 - 10:00am
To Sunday 26 November 2017 - 04:00pm
Exhibition Opening Friday 15 September, 6pm
John Austin is a renowned photographer who calls Western Australia home, and is currently based in the South West. Known for working exclusively with fine silver-gelatine black and white prints, normally from large format cameras, his oeuvre covers a broad range of subject matter. Survey II 1994-2007 features a wide cross section of this work – from reportage and detailed documentation of the anti-logging protests in the South West in the 1990s, to his multiple ongoing series of landscape and portrait photography.
Austin’s works are technically refined and rich in detail which draws the viewer in. Many of the images present familiar iconography of the South West, however, the importance of his work extends beyond its documentary value. His work shifts between the contemplative and the jarring, from restful forest scenes to images of great destruction in the protest documentation series. Survey II 1994-2017 is a rare opportunity to explore the depth and breadth of the work of one of Western Australia’s great photographers.
John Austin’s career in photography spans over a 45 year period, during which time he has held over eleven solo exhibitions and been featured in multiple groups shows. His work is part of numerous collections including the National Portrait Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology and Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. This exhibition is the second survey of his work, following on from the 1993 survey John Austin: Photography 1970-1993 which was exhibited at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.
Image: John Austin, Watch, Lane SF (detail), 1998, silver gelatine print, 30 x 45cm