TWO new exhibitions that will open at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery on Friday will examine life on the other side of the world.
Salient: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front and Terry Burrows: Objectivity will both be on exhibition until October 7.
Twelve leading Australian artists – including Oberon’s Harrie Fasher - visited the World War One battlefields of the Western Front in 2017, a century after the conflict, and Salient brings together the works they created in response to the history and present-day reality of those sites.
The artworks include paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture.
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The participating artists, Fasher, Deirdre Bean, Paul Ferman, Michelle Hiscock, Ross Laurie, Steve Lopes, Euan MacLeod, Ian Marr, Idris Murphy, Amanda Penrose Hart, Luke Sciberras and Wendy Sharpe, created new works in response to their experiences of these sites as well as their family histories.
Salient follows on from Your Friend the Enemy, an exhibition which explored artists’ responses to Gallipoli, and which toured to Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in 2015.
Salient: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front will be opened at the gallery at 6pm this Friday, August 10 by Brad Manera, senior historian and curator at the Anzac Memorial.
Beforehand, at 5pm, the Salient artists will take part in a panel discussion about their experiences visiting and creating the works.
Terry Burrows: Objectivity is opening at the gallery as part of its focus on presenting the work of artists who live and work in the region.
Burrows, a self-confessed “refugee from the city”, relocated to Kandos in 2014 and established a studio in the main street. Objectivity presents an overview of his work from 2008 to 2018.
It features a selection of medium to large-scale minimal-palette paintings and drawings which explore and underpin the artist’s distinctive practice, defined by his morphic “objects” - shapes which tumble across Burrows’ canvases, often inverted, stacked or partially obscured, creating a sense of movement and continuity.
Burrows’ video and photograph works give a glimpse into the people, the place, and the spiritual life of the sacred Indian city of Varanasi.
“An artist of singular vision and intense dedication, Terry Burrows’ visual arts practice spans three decades and incorporates painting, drawing, video and photography,” Bathurst Regional Art Gallery director Sarah Gurich said.
“This 10-year survey gives insight into his ongoing interest in abstraction, colour theory, and the Indian city of Varanasi.”
Terry Burrows: Objectivity will be opened at the gallery at 6pm on Friday by Ms Gurich.
Burrows and Ms Gurich will be in conversation this Saturday, August 11 at 11am.