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Palm Springs # 2. 2015


In the exhibited photographs, West reconstructs personal experiences and encounters in an ongoing investigation of his surrounding environment. Through the sampling and deconstruction of these moments, the surreal images look at how memory “is not a video recorder [but that] it’s a constructive activity that is in many ways accurate but prone to interesting errors and distortions”. Tie this in with photography’s ability to both record and deceive, West’s allegorical simulations force the viewer to consider the relationship between narrative meaning and their own subjectivities.


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St Pete Beach. 2016


In the exhibited photographs, West reconstructs personal experiences and encounters in an ongoing investigation of his surrounding environment. Through the sampling and deconstruction of these moments, the surreal images look at how memory “is not a video recorder [but that] it’s a constructive activity that is in many ways accurate but prone to interesting errors and distortions”. Tie this in with photography’s ability to both record and deceive, West’s allegorical simulations force the viewer to consider the relationship between narrative meaning and their own subjectivities.


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Palm Springs # 4. 2018


In the exhibited photographs, West reconstructs personal experiences and encounters in an ongoing investigation of his surrounding environment. Through the sampling and deconstruction of these moments, the surreal images look at how memory “is not a video recorder [but that] it’s a constructive activity that is in many ways accurate but prone to interesting errors and distortions”. Tie this in with photography’s ability to both record and deceive, West’s allegorical simulations force the viewer to consider the relationship between narrative meaning and their own subjectivities.


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Dean West


United States



A wide range of environments and character types are explored in the works of New York City-based Dean West. The Australian-born (1983) artist who studied at the Queensland College of Art, is best known for his intricate and highly staged photographs that take everyday occurrences beyond the realm of natural reality. Dedicated to the vast possibilities of digital photography as both a medium and a cultural epoch, West’s narratives draw inspiration from the total diversity offered by the visual arts.


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