June 16 - July 9
Powerful photographic images by a major Dutch photographer which explore beauty from the margins, power relations and sexual play and a sensitive and complex approach to the human condition.
Noosa Regional Gallery
Riverside, Pelican Street, Tewantin
Phone: 07 5449 5370
Fax: 07 5447 1062
Elegance & Perversity
Noosa Regional Gallery 17 June - 9 July 2006
Opening : Saturday 17 June 6pm
Guest Speaker : Maurice Ortega-Montiel
Director , Queensland Centre for Photography
Ageing pin-ups, slain royals, dysfunctional families, debauched designer bodies. Erwin Olaf brings his incisive wit and vision to create a satirical portrait of our contemporary consumer society. This solo exhibition brings to Noosa recent works that have delighted and outraged audiences across Europe. Erwin Olaf : Elegance and Perversity is an exhibition curated from photographic series undertaken between 1999-2005 by exuberant and imaginative Dutch photographer and film maker, Erwin Olaf.
Vibrant, controversial and baroque, series like Mature, Royal Blood, Fashion Victims and Paradise the club, have become portraits of an era. In this exhibition we encounter aged supermodels, slain monarchs, fetishised and commercially branded bodies, depraved violators and voyeurs, a loving if bizarre mother and son, and a quietly crumbling family waiting for dinner.
Olaf's staged compositions allude to traditional European painting techniques, drawing his very contemporary work into an ongoing historical discourse. The artist subtly manipulates his images by heightening the use of chiaroscuro and colour saturation, charging his photographs with dramatic tension. The initial seductive and elegant appearance of his images gives way to awareness of increasing anxious, perverse, and constrained settings.
Olaf is an artist who dares to denounce and push humorously at the boundaries of established norms relating to sexual taboo, hypocrisy, violence, hyper-consumerism and social control. An Australian Centre for Photography Touring Exhibition .