Conor O’Brien was recently referred to as one of the country’s ”˜best, most interesting and certainly most promising’ young photographers by the Associate Curator of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Dr Robert Cook. In October and November 2008, Black & Blue Gallery will host O’Brien’s most recent body of work, There Stands The Glass.
First shown at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) in Melbourne earlier this year, There Stands The Glass is a collection of colour photographs; portraits, landscapes and observations that are calm and considered, never poking fun at their subjects but always celebrating their beauty. The images were captured over two years and deal with people and the sense of people. The subjects are almost always friends, family and the places that hold their spirit.
The Age reviewer Penelope Modra wrote of There Stands The Glass, “[O’Brien]’s not asking you to look through his eyes as thought they are your own and share some modernist”˜epiphany moment’. It’s just an invitation to feel, well, what you feel.”
O’Brien has shown work at the Australian Centre for Photography, the Centre for Contemporary Photography, The National Portrait Gallery, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Utopian Slumps Gallery and was included in the New York Photography Festival 2008. He currently lives and works in Sydney.
Opening 30th October
31st October – 16th November 2008
Black & Blue Gallery
302/267-271 Cleveland Street
Redfern NSW 2016
T + 61 2 9699 6038