Rowan Conroy - Sightseeing
Thursday 18 July 2019
Since 2005 Rowan Conroy's primary focus has been the use of photographic technologies to address the beauty and discord, detailed richness and absence within landscape. Conroy's practice has featured landforms and architectural spaces throughout Australia, the Middle East, Greece and China. With keen attention to visual traces and artefacts acting as portals between past and present, these studies form a continuum of human desires and motivations.
The camera's eye has the ability to render details, whether beautiful or unsightly, within the same frame, and posit them equal in ontological relevance. Exploring the effect of rephotographing iconic locations, Conroy points to the tradition and technology of his medium as reflective and self- conscious. Sightseeing will present a breadth of the artist's work from over a decade of practice.
Rowan Conroy is Senior lecturer in Photomedia at the Australian National University's School of Art and Design and lead researcher at the School's Inkjet Research Facility. In 2017 he was awarded the Create NSW Regional Arts Fellowship.