The recent film about J.M.W.Turner has introduced more people to the breadth of expression that can be achieved in the exploration of landscape painting.
‘Place & Space’, the new show at the Espacio Gallery carries that conversation forward by displaying a range of work by contemporary artists who make a statement about their place in the modern world with its ever expanding complex infrastructure.
‘Place’ represents the formal ideas of landscape in real or imagined locations. Our physical presence is somewhere that can be clearly defined. It may be a place we reside, work or visit. In this age of GPS positioning, our ‘place’ can be digitised and our residences ‘post coded’ and Googled. Our minds however, can be in places where our body is not; in this way place can be exotic or transcendent.
‘Space’ may represent the miniscule detail or the enormity of the infinite. Work in this show presents concepts of distance and transcendence; the relationship of objects within a described space, land reflecting sky, transition of sea and shore, arrangement of buildings in man-made space, or simply the relationship between two or more objects on a table.
‘Place & Space’ explores a contemporary view of landscape evoking the world of abstraction through paintings, prints, and photographs. Cary Whitworth illustrates her exploration of ‘inner landscapes’ derived from memories of place and time. Lee-Ann uses her photographs to explore the cartography of the human body and common elements found in the known environment to convey their own unique sense of landscape.
Paintings by Clive Patterson, Annie Hudson, Helen Campbell, Laura Keely, Helen Ryan, & Justine Lois Thorpe possess identifiable features of landscape, but may also introduce ambiguity, combining motifs that take the viewer on an interpretive journey. Anthea Eames conveys a haunting presence of Australia’s ancient past by utilising indigenous earth pigments and patterns, and Laurence Causse-Parsley & juli Jana reveal their fascination with space through dynamic use of colour and form. Rounding out the exhibition Helen Benson’s intriguing screen prints describe the complex structure and pattern of buildings vis a vis related constructed objects.
This exhibition aims to engage the visitor in a conversation about how we envisage landscape and our environment.