COUNTRY & WESTERN
Euan Macleod, Present, 2008, oil and polymer on canvas, 124 x 100cm
26 November 2016 –
19 March 2017
Country & Western: landscape re-imagined is a landscape exhibition that aims to bring into focus the contrasting insights and cultural imperatives, both Indigenous (country) and non-Indigenous (western), that have given shape and substance to our evolving attitudes and perceptions of the national landscape over the past 25 years.
In the post bi-centennial landscape, artists have referenced the past, the future and the ever present, to identify and give a sense of place to the space they occupy. The experience can be grounded in the physical reality of a site, along with its deep, often-elusive spiritual associations. Yet, the idea of the bush as hostile and bewildering lingers on.
Country & Western: landscape re-imagined is one of the most comprehensive and inclusive landscape exhibitions of recent times. With works by leading Australian artists; Tate Adams, Paddy Bedford, Jason Benjamin, Jo Bertini, Elisabeth Cummings, Shane Fitzgerald, Angelina George, John Gollings, Julie Harris, Gertie Huddleston, Tim Johnson, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Joanna Logue,
Euan Macleod, Mandy Martin, Claudine Marzik, Ricky Maynard, Ron McBurnie, Noel McKenna, Andrew Merry, Tracey Moffatt, Idris Murphy, Angus Nivison, John Olsen, Tommy Pau, John Peart, Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Brian Robinson, William Robinson, Anneke Silver, Ken Thaiday Snr, Rover Thomas, Imants Tillers, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, John R Walker, Ken Whisson, Mulkum Wirrapanda and John Wolseley the exhibition brings into focus our evolving attitudes and perceptions of the national landscape.
The vexed issues of dispossession, identity, collaboration, mining and land degradation, along with the country’s natural splendour are all viewed from differing cultural perspectives. The works in the exhibition have been sourced from major public galleries and private collectors throughout the land.
A Perc Tucker touring exhibition. Curated by Gavin Wilson