Bill Henson, Untitled (2011–12). Archival inkjet pigment print, 180 x 127 cm. Edition of 5 + 2 AP. Courtesy Tolarno Galleries.
As the lift doors open on Tolarno Galleries, where Bill Henson's latest collection of untitled photographs is currently on display, the subdued temple-like atmosphere is immediately affecting. It encourages a distinct downward-shift in gear from the bustle and blare of the street below. The blinds are drawn. The polished black surface of the floor is like an extension of a dark body of water, which passes beneath the detail of an ancient bridge depicted in a landscape on the first west wall. These artworks, arranged in flowing sequence, continue Henson's interest in ambiguity and moments of transition; they both allude to and attempt to lengthen what he called in his 2010 Melbourne Art Foundation Lecture "the vast backward shadow of art."