Bondi: Playground of the Pacific, 1989

Bondi Pavilion, December 1989
Cambelltown and Orange Regional Art Galleries, 1990
On the Beach, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria 11 December 2015 – 28 February 2016 (Art Blart Review)

This series challenges some of the dominant representations of the beach through a series of photographic portraits taken against a painted backdrop of Bondi and explores the cultural stereotypes that usually define its visual history and parody these in an ironic and critical manner.

This work was produced during a six month residency at the Bondi Pavilion Community Centre in 1989 . Works were acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the exhibition Twenty Australian Photographers at the National Gallery of Victoria, 1990 and a substantial number were later included in a major exhibition The Beach at the Museum of Heide in 1994.

Essay by Martyn Jolly