An image of Renounce

Boyd Webb

(New Zealand, England 1947 – )

Renounce

Location
Not on display
Further information

This photograph is typical of Boyd Webb's pioneering work with performance and photography. The works are theatrical in the direct and obvious sense that they are records of staged events. The artist uses sculptural tableaux or pictorial installations to touch on global issues of our time: pollution, proliferation, entropy and extinction. Arranged specifically to be photographed, they function like a game of visual consequences, their narratives open ended. In his studio Webb conjures boundless space, an entire layered universe. Yet the vision is microcosmic, a constructed, a simplified version of the real world. This surrealist strategy allows viewers to make up their own sequels to the implied action.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1994.

Year
1984
Media
Photograph
Medium
unique Cibachrome photograph
Dimensions
151.0 x 121.0 cm image; 175.8 x 145.2 x 6.6 cm frame
Credit
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 1987
Accession number
9.1987
Copyright
© Boyd Webb