Henri van Noordenburg / Efface / November 06 – 23 2013
Abstracted within the landscape, the artist features as the protagonist facing the threats of a seemingly hostile bush. Efface references The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden with a focus on the overlaying of a European aesthetic on the physical and intellectual landscape. Starting with self portraits set amid a featureless black background, the photographic surface is hand etched to reveal the landscape.
Van Noordenburg describes the process of self-nude photography as an “incredible mix between strength and weakness, frustration and containment a feeling of euphoria and adrenaline”. Feelings, which mirror van Noordenburg’s attempts to assimilate within a dominant culture.
Henri van Noordenburg graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2004, with a MA in Visual Arts and Theatre. He has had numerous exhibitions including group shows and publications in Australia, Europe and Asia, solo shows within Australia and a touring exhibition around Eastern Europe. His work is included in various national and international private and public collections and has undertaken an art residency in Estonia and received various awards.
Press / Media:
Exhibition Essay, Between Here and There, Dan Rule, October 2013
Blog post, Urbanautica, October 29 2013
Visual Arts Review, Robert Nelson, The Age, 13 November 2013
Art Blart, Three Exhibitions, Dr Marcus Bunyan, 19 November 2013