An image of Untitled 1998/99

Bill Henson

(Australia 1955 – )

Untitled 1998/99

Location
Not on display
Further information

The photographs of youths at night, lonely roads, and derelict buildings on the outskirts of town present an alienated and dissipated existence which Henson is well known for depicting. The subject of the empty road is played with extensively in the artist’s work of this period and this particular photograph (#41) is an excellent example. The flashes of colour in the darkness of the trees create a feeling of dynamism (in the sense of Bragaglia’s photodynamism for example) and import. The empty road is a heavily laden metaphor in photography and in art history. Henson maintains the significance of such a metaphor in all its complexity.

Year
1998-2000
Media
Photograph
Medium
type C photograph
Dimensions
104.5 x 155.0 cm image (irreg.); 127.0 x 180.0 cm sheet; 134.5 x 182.0 x 3.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.r. sheet, ink "Bill Henson". Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 2000
Accession number
158.2000
Copyright
© Bill Henson. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery