Artists across time have been fascinated by the play of the light on the land. In the 19th century, European artists arriving in Australia were captured by the strength and clarity of the light and strove to adapt their traditional techniques to represent it.
This exhibition presents artworks from across Australian art history which explore the changing nature of the light in the landscape, and the real and imagined worlds artists have explored through this lens.
Image: Geoff La Gerche, Six hours on the Murray 1982 (detail), colour etching and aquatint. Benalla Art Gallery Collection.
Drawn from the Benalla Art Gallery collection, this exhibition presents works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists celebrating colour and landscape.
Artists include Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Tim Storrier, Ivan Durrant, Siri Hayes, Rover Thomas, Rick Amor, Adnate, Turkey Tolson and others.
Image: Tim Storrier, Incendiary Structure (for Colonial Ambition) 1991, synthetic polymer paint on canvas. Gift of the artist, 2007
Yhonnie Scarce’s work explores the modes of perceptions used as underlying weapons of colonial power to keep Aboriginal people submissive to the hierarchy of colonial rule. Through research into her family’s experiences, Scarce’s glass work engages with the wider issue of containment of Aboriginal people, including the forcible removal of these people from their land and consequent death.
Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Monash University. Scarce is one of the first contemporary Australian artists to explore the political and aesthetic power of glass, describing her work as ‘politically motivated and emotionally driven’. Her work incorporates her personal histories and research with artefacts from the past, hence attempting to highlight the legacy of issues related to white settlement in a dialogue with the present.
Image: Yhonnie Scarce, N00, N2359, N2351, N2402, 2014, blown glass, archival photographs, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre Collection.