This series explores the contradictions inherent in the bellicose play of boys: beauty with violence, innocence alongside aggression. In these images we see the man latent within the boy, and wonder about the process of a lovable, fresh, beautiful, innocent, small male becoming everything we know men to be: powerful, dangerous, conflicted, big, aggressive…and often still beautiful. This series raises the questions about how we – as a society – nurture our boys.
When exhibited in Melbourne in 2010, “Boys, Guns, Etc?” sparked a controversy due to the depiction of “naked” children. Later in the year an image from “Boys, Guns, Etc?” won the $10,000 Brunswick Street Gallery Picture This competition. In July 2011, Sean will continue his exploration into the place of boys in contemporary Australian society with a new body of work entitled ‘Ritalin’. This will be shown at the Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne.
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