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New and Used, Warwick Baker

C3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Launching Wed April 1, 6-8pm, Exhibition runs until April 19

New and Used is the shared title of Warwick Baker's collaborative publication with writer TB Hemingway and his upcoming show at C3. While the publication contains the thoughtful transience of the American realist painter Edward Hopper, the exhibition channels the wild and ever-creepy eccentricities of his surname-sake, Dennis Hopper.

The photographs to be presented in New and Used were taken across California and Arizona and are the artist's response to a land of virtual realities. Some works are saturated, clinging and claustrophobic, while others are odd, even unaware.

Yet, like air conditioning after arid heat, or perfume after petrol fumes, it is the softness of Baker's lens that provides balance and relief. Image by image we witness the drift of this mild-mannered Australian through an American landscape, which fluctuates between the austere and the absurd.

By Chris Barton

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