Laurence Watts – Looking West [Expanded 2nd Edition] | Book Launch

Laurence Watts – Looking West

Perimeter is delighted to present the launch of the expanded second edition of Laurence Watts – Looking West (Uneven Press), taking place at 4pm–6pm Saturday August 20 at Perimeter Projects (748 High St, Thornbury). The launch will include a signing by the artist with a casual celebration to follow, and a small selection of images from the book will be exhibited in the space. A handful of special editions will also be available for purchase.

All welcome – we hope to see you there!

Looking West, by Laurence Watts, is a photographic work that examines performative masculinity in Australian Rodeo subculture and the iconography of the Cowboy. It aims to destabilise notions of masculine identity by revealing its construction through social performance. The series is underpinned by a semi-narrative throughline of ‘searching for the cowboy’. This search finds that long after the West has been won, and the Frontier closed, the Cowboy exists as a set of visual cultural ideals through which masculinity is articulated in Rodeo sub-culture, utilising the sartorial codes of the Western hat, boots, shirt and belt buckle.

AU$60, 72 pages, 27.6 x 23 cm, softcover with slipcase, Uneven Press (Sydney).

Laurence Watts – Looking West