2019 Darkroom Dinner Auction Items

Robert OWEN

Endings – Kodachrome 64 No. 00, 22/07/1992  2009
from the series Endings
pigment ink-jet print 72.0 x 42.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and Arc One Gallery (Melbourne)

edition: AP from edition of 12
estimate: $2500 – $3000

Robert Owen (1937– ) was born in Sydney and studied sculpture at the National Art School, graduating in 1962. He spent time in Greece and London between 1963 and 1975 and has lived in Melbourne since 1988. Owen’s extensive artistic practice incorporates a range of media, including sculpture, painting and photography.

This photograph is from Owen’s series Endings. Owen’s artistic practice primarily revolves around abstract painting and sculpture, and this series of photographs continues his explorations of colour, light, form and abstraction. The photographs in this series are created from film stubs collected by the artist between 1968 and the mid-1990s. The images, which rely on chance and accident, push the boundaries of photography. Owen used the medium’s raw materials not only as a tool but also as a subject. These images are devoid of any reference to the world beyond the essential properties of photographic film. The series thus references photography and the end of film both literally and metaphorically.

His work has been widely exhibited in Australia and overseas, including at the 1978 Venice Biennale. Owen is an MGA Collection artist and his work is held in each of the major public collections in Australia and in international collections including the British Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Japan.


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