Parallels of Place at Heathcote Gallery

Heathcote Museum & Gallery will be showcasing the artworks of four artists with the opening of Parallels of Place, a new exhibition running from Saturday, 29 July to Sunday, 3 September 2017

Visitors to Parallels of Place will experience the certainty of upheaval that exists between humanity and the Earth’s ecology, climate, geography, shape and character through states of calm and turmoil.

Gallery Curator Jana Braddock said artists, Lyn Nixon, Megan Christie, Ian Williams and David Ledger explore different philosophies and relationships between humanity and the Earth,

“The complex relationship between humanity and the earth is encapsulated within the Parallels of Place exhibition, with each artist tasking a different but integrated perspective through different mediums.”

Curator Sheridan Coleman, dichotomises this complex relationship into four different but interrelated categories - monumental time, turbulence, precariousness and transcendence.

Visitors to Parallels of Place will experience the slow motion of monumental time, the turbulence of a natural disaster, the precarious, antagonistic nature of wasteful users, transcending to the power struggle between humanity and the land.

Although each artist responds uniquely to the exhibition theme, common threads are apparent. Ledger and Nixon approach Place as a snap shot in time. Ledger reveals in the stillness of monumental time and his visioning of the ancient Himalayan Mountains, from dawn to dusk, with humanity clinging to the landscape, emulating its longevity. Nixon offers an opposing, more turbulent view, taking the variant pulse of the earth and capturing the resilience of humanity after the Meckering earthquake of 1968, reminding us that uncertainty reigns.

Christie uses Australian hardwood to create robust, versatile and useful objects to recount cautionary tales of the antagonistic nature of humanity and the destructive nature of polluters, poachers, developers and unscrupulous consumers that outstrip the earth’s natural ecological cycle.

Williams responds to this exhibition through acknowledging the transcendence of power, precariously passing back and forth between humanity and the land, but concentrates on another dimension of electric light - RGB pixels and binary information - where natural disasters and cycles of ecological damage are absent. Working from the screen to the canvas, Williams bright and mutli-layed eccentric brushstrokes suggest nature can be clicked on, inverted, rotated, accelerated or brought to a standstill.

The exhibition will officially open on Friday, 28 July 2017 at 6.00pm. Members of the public wishing to attend the opening should RSVP by Tuesday, 25 July 2017 to heathcote@melville.wa.gov.au or phone 9364 5666.

The exhibition runs from Saturday, 29 July to Sunday, 3 September 2017, at Heathcote Museum & Gallery, Heathcote Cultural Centre, 58 Swan House, Duncraig Road, Applecross. The opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 4.00pm.

For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/heathcote or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.