Robert Ashton: photographs from the edge

Over the next four months, Monash Gallery of Art's focus will squarely be on the big question of our time: the environment and man's impact on it. The forthcoming exhibition Photographs from the edge is a record of photographer Robert Ashton's forty year fascination with the edge of our continent. The line where the land meets the water.

Art Exhibition previously on at MGA - Monash Gallery of Art in Australia.
From Thursday 10 December 2009 to Sunday 24 January 2010

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Published by Monash Gallery of Art on Wednesday 16 December 2009.
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Monash Gallery of Art is proud to present Photographs from the edge , which includes 32 of Ashton’s most intriguing beach photographs.

As MGA Curator Stephen Zagala states, “Robert Ashton is one of Melbourne’s great documentary photographers. For Ashton the beach is a place of strange beauty. It is a place where life as we know it teeters on the edge: between earth and ocean; the known and the unknown; human habitation and the forces of nature.”

In this exquisite series of photographs Ashton records a fragile and everchanging environment. His pictures reveal the “traces” made by man in the coastal landscape, and raise questions of our own behaviour and relationship to the environment.

Robert Ashton was the Assistant Director of Brummels Gallery of Photography (1974-81), the first gallery in Australia dedicated to exhibiting photographs. His photographs are held in the National Gallery of Australia, the Victorian, New South Wales and Tasmanian state galleries, and many private and municipal collections in Australia, USA and Europe. Today, he lives on the Victorian coastline, where he makes furniture and continues his photographic practice.

Artist talk: Robert Ashton
Saturday 09 January 2010
Join Robert Ashton as he discusses his current exhibition Photographs from the edge and his relationship to the Victorian beachside.

Time: 3.00pm
Venue: MGA
Cost: Free
Bookings: 8544 0500