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Jesse Marlow

Wounded

11 March — 4 April 2015

Lamington Drive is pleased to present Wounded by renowned Melbourne-based photographer Jesse Marlow.

Wounded was created over a two-year period, during which Marlow candidly captured the walking wounded as they went about their daily lives, awkwardly traversing and maneuvering city streets in plaster casts and gauze. In 2005 the series was turned into a book of the same title, published by Sling Shot Press.

The publication – which sits inside a mock plaster slipcase, with a flesh coloured cover – was designed by influential London design firm Purpose and subsequently went on to win first prize in the books category of the McNaughton Review in 2005. In 2006, the book was featured in both the Creative Review and D&AD Annuals.

Despite extensive public interest in the collection, this is the first exhibition of work from the series, set to coincide with the ten-year anniversary of the book’s release. Here Wounded is brought off the pages, out of the archives and into large-scale black and white photographs, a selection of ten pieces lining the gallery walls.

The series was initially prompted by an injury Marlow suffered during a social footy match. “With my arm in a sling and unable to take photos, I began noticing other people walking around the streets in similar situations. […] I quickly became an expert at spotting someone in a crowd with a broken arm or some such injury.”

Marlow has been a member of the international street photographer’s collective in-public.com since 2001, which in his early career, had a profound influence on his development as an artist. When Marlow shared some work from the Wounded series with his in-public peers he was rewarded with encouraging feedback, propelling him to take it to the next level and pursue the project seriously.

“My aim with the project was to show that despite people suffering obvious superficial injuries, human beings generally get on with life.”

Join us on Opening night for a reception with the artist, Wednesday March 11, 6-9pm.

Exhibition continues until April 4.

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