George Byrne Post Truth
Turning what architect Rem Koolhaas famously referred to as “junkspace”—the spatial flotsam of the Anthropocene—into candy-coloured dreamscapes, George Byrne depicts the gritty urbanism of Los Angeles in sublime otherworldliness. Arriving a decade ago, the Australian artist was immediately enthralled by the sprawling cityscape, mesmerized by the way the sunlight transformed it into two-dimensional, almost painterly abstractions, underpinned by a distinctive pastel color palette. Extending his practice beyond the confines of the lens by extracting elements from various images, his series Post Truth dwells in the liminal space between the real and the imagined. Reassembling the urban landscape into striking collages, Byrne creates postmodernist oases in the metropolis that masterfully harness the malleability of the photographic medium. His compositions evoke associations with the Memphis Group’s designs, as well as the work of David Hockney or Ed Ruscha, while tapping into the specific aesthetics of today’s visual culture as played out on Instagram. Filled with a sense of suspended reality, they never fail to convey a feeling of joy.
Born in Sydney in 1976, GEORGE BYRNE graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2001, and traveled extensively before settling in Los Angeles in 2010. Today, he is internationally recognized for his large-scale photographs shot with medium-format film. Byrne has exhibited internationally, and was named the Minimalist Photographer of the Year in 2020.