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The Landscape and its subjects

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posted on 2018-07-20, 00:00 authored by Simon GrennanSimon Grennan
The Landscape and its subjects

History

Location

Counihan Gallery

Start date

2018-07-20

End date

2018-08-19

Language

eng

Notes

27 oil paintings

Research statement

Background The history of landscape research and praxis has in part been a continuing contestation over the question of subjectivity and its relationship to the material, pictorial, and ideological dimensions of landscape. Where Marxist, Post-Structuralist and Post-Modernist frameworks generally seek to disqualify the subject of subjectivity, phenomenological approaches focus on landscape as a direct lived experience. Within such debates, contemporary representations of landscape have become a furtile area of practice-led research in which tensions between forces of materialisation and dematerialization, consciousness and “false consciousness”, embodiment and disembodiment play out and where me/it, subject/object boundaries are interrogated. Contribution The 27 original oil paintings that make up this large solo exhibition engage with the Box Hill area’s historical connection to the Australian impressionists. By revisiting a popular trope in Australian landscape painting and literature of the late 19th century: the lost subject in the Australian bush (as epitomised by McCubbin’s Lost, 1886) the work investigates (via the insertion of a forensic presence) fundamental tensions at play in the landscape idea between objective and subjective ‘matter’; between separation and diffusion/self and non-self, and between the fragment and the whole. Significance This body of work is part of an ongoing investigation into the construction of the relationship between self and world and the ways in which the tradition of landscape-making both illuminates and influences this relationship. The Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, with annual visitations generally exceeding 8000 viewers annually, has developed a reputation for high quality contemporary, research-based art exhibitions selected through a competitive application process.

Publication classification

JO1 Original Creative Works – Visual Art Work

Scale

NTRO Major

Extent

31 day exhibition

Event

Almost like a reality: the landscape and its subjects

Publisher

Counihan Gallery

Place of publication

Brunswick, Vic.

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