As light begins to dim, our eyes go through a dark adaptation. A process in which colours that were once vibrant, take on a more discrete tone and the lines that separate forms become less distinct and more subjective. 

Bill Henson is an artist whose work firmly resides in this shadowy world, where little could be said to be concrete: His images depict tender acts of young love and yet are filled with forboading; his models are no longer children, nor have they yet reached adulthood; his landscapes are somehow unreal, yet simultaneously too tangible to be dreams. Gregory Barker recently corresponded with one of Australia’s most renowned artists to try and pull meaning from the dark. 

GB: Gregory Barker

BH: Bill Henson

GB: What is it about darkness that attracts you? 

BH: What goes missing in the shadows can have great suggestive potential and it's the suggestive rather than prescriptive

This article appeared in 188 on June 2014. Buy here

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