Tanja Bruckner and Steve Tierney pervert the aesthetics of fashion photography by cross breeding form with content. The shapes are the familiar curves of the human body stretched taut and idealised. The contents are the hair, flesh, and body parts that reflexively constitute the fashion image inescapable in our culture.
The artists combine these common ingredients into objects that cut against and defy the autonomic effects of envy, avarice, and hyper sexualised desire that are their universal production in popular culture.
At once highly sensuous and cold as the cut of an image of human flesh, here is familiarity copulating with alienation, monsters of pure humanness. Objects that are animals and animals that are objects.
The result is not a moral tale, sermonising on the sins of the flesh. It is a revelation of the violent forces that these images both repress and release.
Tanja Bruckner is an established photographer, videographer and production assistant. She has extensive commercial photography experience including collaborations with some of Australia’s most talented creatives.
She has a unique eye for the extraordinary. A passion for social justice has seen her work on stills and film projects within the arts, news and current affairs and documentary film making.
Stephen Tierney graduated design and illustration at Sydney Graphics College in 1996. As a mixed media artist he works primarily in the technique of paper collage and is influenced by social and political imagery of 1940’s and 50’s magazines, cinema poster art, social issues and gender stereotypes and definitions.
Tierney has exhibited artwork in solo and group shows internationally, including Australia, Mexico, Japan, USA and Italy. He is currently a member of the Sydney Collage Society.
March 2021 Idolatry, Canteen Gallery, Chippendale NSW
February 2021 Join The Dots Window Gallery. Marrickville, NSW
January 2021 SUBVERTED EXPECTATION, (group exhibition) WAYOUT Space, Kandos, NSW
July 2020 KAOS Festival of Contemporary Collage, Kranj, Slovenia
February 2020 Collage, Photography & the Body, FProjects Gallery, Warrnambool, Victoria
October 2019 NOW Contemporary Art Prize (Finalist), Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra, NSW
September 2019 Collagistas Festival, Brussels Belgium
August 2019 Inner West EDGE Festival, (Featured artists) Marrickville NSW.
May 2019 PASTE UP! International collage festival, Mexico City, Mexico
November 2018 Reflected Installation, Taller Espacio Alternativo, Oaxaca, Mexico
October 2018 Encuentros con la nada, (group exhibition) Ex Hacienda San José, Oaxaca, Mexico
July 2018 Reflected, China Heights Gallery, Sydney, NSW