The Living and the Dead

Andrew Hazewinkel, Portrait of the Living and the Dead #2, 2010.

The Centre for Contemporary Photography stall at the Melbourne Art Fair featured some very un-photographic work by Andrew Hazewinkel. Composed of aluminium leaf on sandpaper, they are ghostly phantasms of the human face, very primitive and strange.

Hazewinkel is a Melbourne artists who works between the mediums of sculpture, photography and video, although this work is none of those. I was probably struck by these because they are like some of my own work, although I’ve certainly never thought of laying down aluminium leaf onto huge sheets of sandpaper – well who would think of that?