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"ART and LAND: Contemporary Australian Visions "
2001-03-30 until 2001-05-13
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Gold Coast, QL, AU Australia

After an extremely successful tour of Asia including Thailand, Laos and the Philippines, the exhibition Art and Land curated by Noosa Regional Gallery Director, Kevin Wilson will be on display. The exhibition contains over 20 contemporary Australian artists, including indigenous artists, who provide a diverse range of approaches to representing the Australian land. Art and Land is not an exhibition about heroic visions of landscape, although there have been some heroic acts in making the work. It is not a traditional landscape exhibition, but rather an exploration of a wide array of cultural issues such as history, politics, science, aesthetics and spirituality.

The exhibition explores the idea that the representation of the land is culturally constructed. Rather than a window through to an unmediated landscape, the works explore the frame and the glass of the window as much as the view. They explore the mind of the viewer as much as the materiality of the land, and examine the landscape tradition in Australian art history.

The exhibition is an attempt to reveal and revel in diversity rather than honing a vision down to a few key themes. An analysis of themes, issues and ideas in this exhibition creates innumerable and changing groupings of works and artists and mirrors the complexity and growing sophistication of Australian culture.

Artists featured include significant contemporary Australian artists David Keeling, Fiona Foley, Patrick Pound, Leah King - Smith, Scott Avery and Walala Tjapaltjarri.

Works on exhibit vary from oil paintings to computer generated photography, sculptural installation and works on paper. This unique exhibition offers an alternative view of how we might see our environment through art.


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