Simon Obarzanek

Simon Obarzanek’s upcoming solo exhibition at Karen Woodbury Gallery Untitled Movement no.2, is a continuation of his series Untitled Movement no.1. This new body of work expands on ideas of forces that face people throughout their lives, in this case literally, through the documentation of metaphorical physical interventions.

Art Exhibition previously on at Karen Woodbury Gallery in Australia.
From Wednesday 03 March 2010 to Saturday 27 March 2010

Untitled Movement No.2 #2 image Untitled Movement No.2 #1 image Untitled Movement No.2 #3 image

Published by Karen Woodbury Fine Art on Saturday 27 February 2010.
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The work intends for the viewer to consider a variety of life forces such as relationships, illness, work, boredom, and their subsequent emotional and physical responses. The figures in Obarzanek’s photographs are suspended in full movement, buffeted, pushed, pulled and appearing falling, as they consistently aspire to find a state of balance and equilibrium. Strained movements and weight against gravity as opposed to lighter, fluid movement, are the focus of these works.

The form of the figures within the work is of utmost importance for Obarzanek in articulating his message as he isolates the human form. Obarzanek has been described as a ‘modern anthropologist’, as he apprehends human positions into a single image, presenting the figures as purposeful isolated stills.

Untitled Movement no.2 comprises photographs that are not digitally manipulated. Through these movements, rather than a focus on the face, a universal language is discovered. Obarzanek’s work is a type of portraiture that is part performance and part documentary. He uses a precise camera angle in order to articulate a preconceived theatricality of human action.

Simon has held a series of solo shows including a recent survey exhibition: Simon Obarzanek, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria (2008). He has also exhibited in numerous group shows including, Order and disorder Archives and photography, National Gallery of Victoria: International, Melbourne (2008 – 09); National Photography Prize, Albury Regional Gallery, Albury (2007); Light Sensitive, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2006) and Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize 2005, National Portrait Gallery, London (2005).

Simon was awarded a New Work Grant by the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council in 2009, and was the winner of the Second Melbourne Airport Innovators Award at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne (2008). Simon’s work is held in major public galleries including the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Artbank and the Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast.