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Untitled 1995/96

type C photographs, adhesive tape, pins, glassine
224.0 × 243.0 cm (image and sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria
inscribed in permanent marker on support bar on reverse u.c.: DO NOT (NOT underlined) REMOVE THIS BAR Bill Henson / UNTITLED IMAGE 1995/96 (995/96 underlined twice) Bill Henson
printed in ink on paper label on reverse c.: BILL HENSON EXHIBITION / ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES 8 JANUARY - 3 APRIL 2005 / NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA 23 APRIL - 10 JULY 2005 / LENDER: Bill Henson / Henson Studio / Untitled 1995/96 / AGNSW No.: N008 / Print No.: BH#52 (image of work)
inscribed in permanent marker on reverse l.c.: DO NOT (NOT underlined) REMOVE THIS BAR Bill Henson
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of the artist, 2007
© Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Gallery location
Gallery 18
Level 3, NGV Australia
Physical description
Cut-screen photograph, with view of sprawling city night-scape, fragments of forest, and a teenage boy's torso.
Untitled 1995/96 is an example of the type of work Bill Henson refers to as a ‘cut-screen’: a collage-like construction combining pinned and taped fragments of photographs as well as the reverse side of photographic paper on large plywood screens. Like many of his works from this period, this image imparts an elegiac and dreamlike quality that results in part from the interplay of darkness and light. The work’s disrupted pictorial space allows a partial glimpse of a naked figure, seen within a nocturnal landscape. In 1995 Henson exhibited a selection of cut‑screen works, including this one, when he represented Australia at the Venice Biennale.