14 May – 11 June 2016

In a subtle shift from photography to moving image Simon Obarzanek’s forthcoming exhibition will showcase a suite of six high definition video pieces, fittingly titled “Video Portraits”. The subjects, with their formal uniformity are paired back to no more than highlighted faces lit against a dark background. The protagonists at times give only the very subtlest hint at physical exertion and at other times they are at battle, as they appear to be coerced by something unseen. Obarzanek continues to explore the notions of loss, passion, strength, illness, gravity, and loneliness that are at the core of the common human experience.

Obarzanek has exhibited in many significant group and solo exhibitions including: Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London (2005),Melbourne Now (2013), Negotiating This World: Contemporary Australian Art, (2012); and Order and disorder: Archives and photography (2008/2009), all at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. A survey exhibition Simon Obarzanek, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (2008).

Source: Karen Woodbury Gallery, Level 1/167 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, +61(3)9639 5855, Tuesday to Saturday 11 – 5,,