Brendan Lee’s photographic, filmic and textual works explore the ever-changing nature of Australian cultural identity, and the elusive subject matter of the quintessentially Australian spirit. Drawing from popular culture, particularly mainstream film, Lee’s artworks present humorous and somewhat poignant mash-up narratives of stereotypical Aussies living in the outer suburbs.
Specifically, Lee's ongoing project examines the cultural and historical differences between Larrikins, Bogans and Hoons, their approaches to competition, affiliations and filmic references. Lee’s subject matter goes to the core of the Australian male's competitive nature and looks outside of the mainstream for his references. Games of chance, motor sports and drinking contests are all subjects Lee brings to the forefront in his search for the Australian spirit.