Devonport Regional Gallery

GEOMETRIC NATURE

 

Friday 15 August - Sunday 21 September 2008
Curator: Lucy Hawthorne
Artists: Dean Chatwin, David Keeling, David Martin, Anne Mestitz and Amanda Shone

 

Geometric Nature showcased a number of three- and two-dimensional artworks that used geometry to represent and/or interpret the natural environment.

For artists today, the landscape genre provides a challenge:  How does one visually represent the natural environment?  The intense relationship we have with the environment and the constructs imposed on the landscape means that it is not simply enough to attempt to recreate it figuratively. 

Our relationship with nature is a contradictory one.  We are dependent on it for our survival, we were born out of it and will rot in it when we die, yet we have a history of trying to control nature, fearing, loathing and conquering it.  We build monuments in honour of it or defiance of it, we worship it but also destroy it, we build over it and then try to imitate the natural landscape in our individual backyards.  So while the exhibition title is immediately recognisable for its contradiction in terms, the works in this exhibition illustrate the way in which geometry and its associations can express the contradictions that lie in this relationship between humans and the environment.

Lucy Hawthorne was the recipient of the Tasmanian Emerging Curator Fund which is administered by CAST.  The funding will assist the curator in the research phase of the project. 

 

Geometric Nature, Catalogue

 

Detail of David Keelings painting The sky is falling
David Keeling, 1997,
Art Will Conquer Nature: Picnic in Arcadia (detail) 
oil on canvas, 112 x 76cm

Anne Mestitz, 2007
The sky is falling
powder coated aluminium and vinyl tape, 100 x 300 x 300cm 

image of Amada Shone's fishtank detail of David Martin's 'Today'

Amanda Shone, 2008,
Cross-currents and Deep Holes,
glass fish tanks, river rocks, water, electric pumps
and wooden table, dimensions variable

David Martin, 2003, Today,
fulitrans, Perspex, fluoro lights
in MDF box-frame, 150 x 150 cm

 

 

 

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