It's the city where dreams are made and now it's presented in glorious technicolour with the launch of George Byrne's new monograph, Post Truth, featuring vibrant landscape photographs of Los Angeles.
The candy-coloured images are the result of five years of work by the Australian artist who moved to the City of Angels in 2014. "These five years mark a frenetic period of creative output for me," says George, "a period where my day to day life changed completely. I went from working in cafés here in LA... to being a full-time artist having two or three shows a year in galleries in different countries. The images in the book chart that evolution."
You could say the series is also a document of George getting to know his new surroundings. Of falling in love with a city and its low-slung structures that hail from Southern California's automobile culture, or perhaps its distinctive light, iconic flora and its bleached facades.
To know more of the process, George's images evolve from raw, photo-real street observations to dreamy compositions of pastel colour. The textures, surfaces and landscapes come together to form abstract artworks – a style that the Sydney-born artist has become renowned for globally.
Ian Volner, whose essay introduces the book, writes, "...what Byrne manages to induce is an eerily familiar mental state, an encounter with the city-bound to send a chill down the spine of anyone who has spent a lonely afternoon in Las Palmas, or the eastern reaches of Chinatown, or drifting up North Gower at five o'clock, under the spreading darkness of the hills."
George Byrne attended the Sydney College Of The Arts, travelled extensively, before settling in Los Angeles in 2011 – where he now lives and works. His large-scale photographs depict the beauty behind the everyday mundane. The artist references the clean lines, starkness and clarity of Modernism, while also citing the urban photography of the New Topographics movement. His book, Post Truth, will be released in October.