12-Year Restropective
23 April – 28 June 2018
Media House Gallery

Recently, I’ve been reconsidering the motivations behind my desire to make art. As a teenage photographer, I was as much infatuated with the process as I was with the frozen-life images that magically appeared in the darkroom developing tray. Forty years later, after ebbs and flows of the optic drive, I returned with a passion fuelled by life’s ups and downs.

My first serious exhibition was in 2006 and this Media House retrospective is my 57th. Clearly, the desire to share my art with others is part of what drives me. Most artists—myself included—would assert that we make art that reflects our own minds’ eye, rather than with a 3rd party viewer in mind. Nevertheless, the engagement of others with my art is important to my process. Their reactions help me to see my art differently, more objectively.

Like many artists, I make my art serially—one work after another, each one influencing the next. The public exhibition is the first time I get to see the punctuated series as one body of work. The experience—both daunting and reaffirming—provides a graphic documentary of the evolution in my art over the 3 to 6-month period since my previous exhibition.

This Media House retrospective provides a 12-year time-lapse of that process. By 2006, digital photography had fully replaced the ‘analog’ photography of my youth. In 2013, I discovered the creative possibilities of photogravure printmaking, thanks to master photogravurist Silvi Glattauer. Three years later, collagraphic printmaking entered my repertoire, inspired posthumously by my late, American mother-in-law, a rebellious 1970’s California printmaker. Janet’s vivid collagraphs adorn my walls and dare me to strive for her imagination and skill.

I am grateful to Jacqueline Taylor OAM and her OzLink colleagues for providing this precious opportunity. It comes at a fortuitous time, as I contemplate my motivations for making art for the next 12 years.

Peter Garnick Melbourne, April 2018

Photopolymer Prints
Deja Views     Human Nature 2     Human Nature 3     Invisible Cities     Lines     Tenants

Collagraphic Prints
Refuse