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Image: Kalighat, Hari-Hara (detail), 1880-1890, Calcutta, India, watercolour and silver pigment on paper. RM & CH Berndt Estate, Berndt Museum [1963/0055]

In Light of Shadows

Presented by the Berndt Museum

Notions of light and shadow occupy a space within different socio-cultural imaginings and understandings of particular realities – including ideas of knowledge, mortality, morality, power and memory. The human response to light and shadow - both as metaphor and as practice – is intertwined with different perceptions of luminosity (or lack thereof) that reveal and conceal various experiences of the world. This exhibition explores cross-cultural understandings and material expressions to present light and shadow as existing in harmony with one another rather than in opposition.

Focusing on the Berndt Museum’s Asian Collection, In Light of Shadows encourages audiences to question the meaning of light and/or darkness in relation to other cultures and within themselves.

Exhibition Details
When
On show until 7 July. Tues - Sat, 11am - 5pm
Event Type
Exhibition
Presenter
Berndt Museum at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
Venue
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
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Enquiries
(08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Ceramic triangular sculpture by Stewart Scambler

Image: Stewart Scambler, Fragment II (detail), 2017-2018, oxidised stoneware, dimensions variable. © Stewart Scambler. Photograph: Kevin Gordon

Stewart Scambler: Fragment

Presented by the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Arriving in Perth from England as a young boy, Stewart Scambler was struck by the natural environment and, in particular, the intense light of Western Australia. Both the material and aesthetic qualities of the local landscape remain central to Scambler’s practice as a potter. On his property at York in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, the artist grows trees to stoke his wood-fired kiln and collects materials to make his own clay body. His glazes take on the earthy, muted colours of the Australian bush, enlivened by tonal variation and surface markings that emerge during the firing process.

Though Scambler continues to produce the vessels and domestic ware that he is well-known for, this exhibition presents a new body of work - a striking assembly of large-scale sculptural forms and murals, inspired by the artist’s journey through the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia. The installation seeks to convey something of the experience of being in these places: The sculptures do not imitate natural phenomena, but rather capture key features of the landscape, such as the sharp-edged profiles of gorges and rock formations, and the rich, red earth of the North.

Exhibition Details
When
On show until 18 August. Open Tues - Sat, 11am - 5pm
Event Type
Exhibition
Presenter
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
Venue
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
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jarrah sculpture by howard taylor

Image: Howard Taylor, Bush structure, 1963, sheoak and jarrah, burnt and painted, 111 x 50 cm. The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Presented by Pola and Bronek Stein in gratitude for the life they have enjoyed in Australia since their arrival in 1939, 1995, © Howard Taylor Estate

Modern Australian Landscapes, 1940s-1960s: Works from the University of Western Australia Art Collection

Presented by the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

This exhibition explores the modern landscape tradition in Australian art, through works in the University of Western Australia Art Collection. It features paintings by Elise Blumann, Sam Fullbrook, Audrey Greenhalgh, Guy Grey-Smith, Godfrey Miller, Sidney Nolan, John Passmore, Howard Taylor and Fred Williams.

During the post-war period, many Australian artists were attracted to landscape painting as a means of exploring the ideas and technical innovations associated with modern art. Formal experimentation can be seen in the use of bold bands of colour which compress the compositional space, or in the repetition of quasi-abstract brush marks which create an impression of the land, full of vitality and energy.

Many paintings emphasise the underlying structures of the bush – distilling the essential elements of nature. Working beyond conventional definitions of the genre, and conveying something of the experience of being in the land, artists such as Howard Taylor integrated the materials of nature into their artworks, as in Bush Structure, 1963, made of sheoak and jarrah.

Exhibition Details
When
On show until 18 August. Open Tues - Sat, 11am - 5pm
Event Type
Exhibition
Presenter
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
Venue
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
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FREE event
Enquiries
(08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Self portrait of artist Jenny Watson wearing a white blouse and smoking a cigarette

Image: Jenny Watson, Self Portrait (Light Fire Version) For Myself (detail), 1980, pastel and wash on paper, 56 x 76cm, CCWA 723. Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, The University of Western Australia.

Authentic Determination

Curthers Collection of Women's Art in collaboration with artist Brigid Noone 

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Brigid Noone has expanded her painting practice into an experimental hybrid of artistic and curatorial processes, often incorporating the work of other artists into her wall paintings and installations or working collaboratively to produce co- authored exhibitions. As co-director of Fontanelle, a gallery and studio complex now located in the heritage precinct of Port Adelaide, Noone has been instrumental in recent discussions about feminism and community in contemporary Australian art.

Authentic Determination sees Noone apply her unique methodology to the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, considering the artist as ‘whole being’. Noone will open a conversation between the collection, her own work and the work of her peers, exploring how the complex lives of artists are embodied in their work.

Exhibitions from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art are supported by SHEILA A foundation for women in visual art. 

Exhibition details:
When
On show until 18 August 2018. Open Tues - Sat, 11am - 5pm
Event Type
Exhibition
Presenter
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
Venue
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
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FREE event
Enquiries
(08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

old photograph of man on a jeep pulling a cow in country

Image: Bull Catching, Colin Russ Collection, c. 1980s.

Stockyards and Saddles: A story of Gibb River Station

Presented by the Berndt Museum, with photographs by Colin Russ, Andreas Lommel and others.

Stockyards and Saddles: A Story of Gibb River Station explores the lives of those living and working on the remote cattle station of Gibb River in the East Kimberley region from the early 1900s until the 1990s.

The importance of photographs as historical memorabilia often goes beyond the people represented in the images to depict a period in our country’s history. As the last generation of cattlemen recall distant memories of dusty stockyards, saddle sheds, wet seasons, and those who passed before them, this exhibition celebrates their lives through the photographic image.

Exhibition Details
When
Opening Fri 26 July 6pm. Exhibition runs until 8 December.
Event Type
Exhibition, Exhibition Opening
Presenter
Berndt Museum
Venue
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
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FREE event | Find out more
Enquiries
(08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au