Toby Burrows Presents PANDEMONIUM – A Photographic Response to the Pandemic – Campaign Briefing

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An extraordinary photography exhibition by artist Toby Burrows, PANDEMONIUM features over thirty distressed works of art, including captivating portraits by artists Tim Minchin and Steve Kilbey, misty landscapes and even an embalmed 1961 XK Falcon. This body of work, developed during the pandemic, is in the artist’s own words; ‘a violent metamorphosis of the first format of the exhibition.’

Playing with notions of memory and place, the images have been distressed and aged by Burrows using a signature analog technique. Each image has a sculptural and visceral quality due to its manipulation.

Burrows says, “As photographers, we have been trained to respect the fragility, integrity and perfection of printed photography. It was in an act of post-pandemic defiance that I began to disrupt and reinterpret my own works to give them new meaning.

The portraits include an array of famous faces from comedian Tim Minchin and singer Steve Kilbey (The Church), our favorite scientist Dr Karl, writer Pete Duncan (Rake) and Australia’s 107-year-old living national treasure, Eileen Kramer.

Toby Burrows Presents PANDEMONIUM – A Photographic Response to the Pandemic

A retrospective look at Burrows’ personal artworks (pictured above), PANDEMONIUM reinvents and reinterprets these photographic works, paying visual homage to the transition and evolution we have all made over the past two years and a half. The artwork is evocative and empowering, with a unique patina to each hand-finished piece.

Says Burrows: “The process of creating the work PANDEMONIUM appealed to broader creative sensibilities. There is a finality to printed photography, but the meditative and repetitive process of manipulating the prints felt more like the tactile nature of painting a canvas than a photographic process.

“In addition to the tactile process of manipulating photographic prints, I was excited and inspired to revisit screen printing and light projections for the exhibition.”

Reflecting on the working environment in which the work was created, the artist said: “This strange period in which the world was turned upside down created an artistic vacuum from which PANDEMONIUM was born. Although the pandemic created hardship for many, there were positive aspects to a forced reset. A time with limited resources and limited access to travel, forced us all to rethink what was expected of us, made us makes us reflect on where we were and reevaluate what is important.

PANDEMONIUM opens to the public with an exhibition of large format fine art photographic prints for sale from Friday August 5th to August 27th. This exhibition at SUNSTUDIOS is supported by Canon. PANDEMONIUM is open for visits from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday.


From Friday August 5 to Saturday August 27 inclusive – FREE entry to PANDEMONIUM

Saturday 27 – 1:00 PM FREE Artist Talk August: Manipulating Photography: Risk and Reward

SUNSTUDIOS 42 Maddox St, Alexandria NSW 2015 (02) 9641 5555

Toby Burrows Presents PANDEMONIUM – A Photographic Response to the Pandemic

Michael E. Marquez