Curator, Dr Megan Evans shines a light on Wyndham Art Gallery’s newest exhibition, REVEAL. If you haven’t already, enjoy a video tour of the new exhibition and stay tuned for Part a2!
From Gaye Bonham’s classical representation of the Werribee Mansion Morning Light rendered in watercolour, to the photograph Giant Birds from Michael Cook’s Invasion series, REVEAL proudly displays the diverse and exciting Visual Art collection of Wyndham City Council.
The vaults of the art storeroom are bare as we highlight works that haven’t been seen for quite some time. Some works that may be familiar are juxtaposed with works less seen, providing a new context for viewing.
Kylie Stillman – Remains
Kylie Stillman’s work Remains was collected when she was still a local artist. It’s a compilation of trashy SVU or Sweet Valley University novels about love and heartbreak, used as a canvas for her beautiful image of a leaf that has been cut, page by page, into the facing pages of the books. They can only be seen when left in a pile, as they would be if remaindered in a bookstore. The irony of the work is not lost on the viewer, that the out of date and seriously rubbishy text has been printed on the paper made from trees whose carved leaf is what ‘remains’. Kylie is a well-known and collectable artist that adds to the value of our collection.
Ricardo Pereya is an emerging local artist whose work has a similar poignancy to it. A head carved from Tasmanian Huon pine, sits on a carved limestone base. The title is Head full of memories resting on a memory foam pillow. The eyes are shut, could they be remembering when the Huon pines of Tasmania were plentiful.
Hugh Guthrie: Spargo Creek
Spargo Creek and Gumtrees are skilfully rendered in oils by Hugh Guthrie. These large paintings are what were once called ‘chocolate box paintings’ however now in the age of retro when everything old is new again you can see these kinds of painting in the very best and coolest coffee bars in town. These works along with Near Beechworth by John Falzon are a beautiful testament to the history of the Australian Impressionist painters who painted the landscapes around Eltham and the Yarra Valley.
Fiona Hall – Cross Purpose
Fiona Hall is one of Australia’s best-known artists. She represented Australia with Wrong Way Time at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. Her work Cross Purposes represents the intersection between Britain and Australia since colonisation. The work is a lithographic print of an Australian ten-pound note crossed with an English note of the same denomination. There is a leaf from a coolabah tree across the Australian note and an oak leaf across the English one. Both leaves are connected to the identity of the countries of origin. The notes have been crossed and interwoven to indicate the crossroads we were at in 2003, when the work was made, and we were looking at becoming a republic.