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Opening 6:30 on 19th Nov – 08
19 – 29 Nov – 08
Powerful and thought-provoking, an exhibition by New South Wales artist Victor Gordon opens at the Blacksphere Fine Art Gallery, Melbourne, on 19th November.
Gordon says “the images are at the same time idealised and romantic representations of icons etched in the collective consciousness and an invitation to explore Australian values at a deeper level.”
Many of the works challenge an idea central to Australian art: that the landscape can be a metaphor for national and personal identity. The resulting works use realism and modernist techniques to provoke multi-layered readings from audiences.
Gordon imposes devices that target and focus our attention on the otherwise conventional landscape. Audiences are challenged to interpret both the meaning of the subject matter and their own understandings of the idea of landscape.
Gordon’s unique focus on landscape invites audiences to review their own relationship to the deepening worldwide crisis in natural resources. His central message is the urgent need for environmental and resource conservation.
The landscapes are accompanied by a small array of paintings of individual car tyre swans each sitting on a book and mounted on corrugated iron plinths. Entitled “Gestation of the new Australian Republic Constitution”, these images use familiar outback icons of the cut-out rubber tyre swan and the corrugated iron plinth.
Gordon says “these works humorously allude to Australia’s coming of age in declaring itself a republic and our new republic’s constitution is still in the gestation phase.”
These works reference other Australian icons, such as a dartboard with Aboriginal (flag) coloured rings and an inflated but discarded Trade Union badge from Broken Hill.
For further information, contact Dr Alexander Grigoriev on 03 9429 4662 m. 0415 997 388