Australian art. March/April exhibitions by Peter Tilley and Nicole Welch at Brenda May Gallery. Figure in the Landscape and Apparitions. 25 March to 19 April 2014. Drinks with the Artists Wednesday 26 March 5:30 – 7:30pm.
Figure in the landscape:
The inclusion of the figure in the landscape can add a powerful element to a three dimensional statement. This is because the human form is capable, like nothing else, of depicting a range of human experience from fate, to authority and awkwardness, to self-deception, while at the same time displaying an underlying dignity. The language of figurative realism is simply, for me, the most effective way of portraying what it is to be human.
The simplified form of the figure should remain anonymous and elemental, as they are intended to be universal models of humanity. That simplicity of form also conveys a complex message. There is a duality of meaning; an aspect that I have pursued and consciously incorporated in my work, with the possibility that some times these several meanings may be ambivalent or contradictory.
In this series of photographs of media installations in the Australian landscape, romanticised sublime images emerge from the terrain and escarpment, appearing and receding simultaneously. These works reveal the embedded cultural history and idealism projected onto this land since colonisation, centering on the early Australian landscape painters who brought a European sensibility and vision to their depictions of this ‘new’ world.
Brenda May Gallery 2 DANKS STREET WATERLOO NSW 2017. http://www.brendamaygallery.com.au/