Carl Warner is renowned for his minimalist photographic works. He has been practicing photography for over twenty years. In 2006 Warner launched ‘Sensing the Surface’, a retrospective exhibition held at the University of Queensland Art Museum celebrating 10-yrs of Warner’s photographic practice. The publication, also entitled ‘Sensing the Surface’ was also released by the Museum to coincide with the exhibition.
The artist’s refined skill in photographic formalism translates the detail into subject. Warner uses the camera to record the detail he observes in the urban, industrial and natural environment, but does so in a way which renders this surface reality abstract. As curator Dr Sally Butler writes, ‘Warner’s photographs examine the surfaces of objects framing a language out of overlooked details and transforming commonplace space into a space of exceptional insight’ (Sensing the Surface cat., 2006).