Lux Et Nox.
Photographs by Bill Henson.
Scalo, Zurich, 2002. 192 pp., 125 color illustrations, 16½x12".
Bill Henson: Lux et Nox
Australian artist Bill Henson is a passionate and
visionary explorer of twilight zones, of the
ambiguous spaces that exist between day and
night, nature and civilization, youth and adulthood, male and female. His photographs of landscapes at dusk, of the industrial no-man's land
that lies on the outskirts of our cities, and of
androgynous girls and boys adrift in the nocturnal
turmoil of adolescence are painterly tableaux that
continue the tradition of romantic literature and
painting in our post-industrial age. The rich
chiaroscuro,the oscillating light, and the masterful
composition of his photographs map enigmatic
states that escape rationalism's iron grip, providing a much-needed antidote to a culture that
increasingly looses itself in a numbing vortex of
blinking screens and glittering surfaces.
Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1955, Bill Henson's
photographs have been seen in major international exhibitions and survey shows over the past 25
years. Venues include the Bibliotheque Nationale
in Paris, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris,
the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York,
the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, the Venice
Biennale, most Australian museums, and gallery
shows in the United States. Henson lives and
works in Sydney.
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