EXHIBITIONS

There's always something to discover at West Gippsland Arts Centre

Angels of a Lesser Known God - Meaning with Out a Cause 

An exhibition of painting and prints by Russell Lilford
3 March - 3 April 2020


The world at large has become a very polarized place, people's beliefs are forefront to their attitudes towards the planet. By using iconic myths such as Angels, I have attempted to paint a different light on the social language of myth. In the process of making this work my notions of the spiritual has been challenged, the mystical has unravelled to leave a singularity to which a visual iconic myth is secondary to a twisted metaphor. My ideas around truth are laid to waste by distorted realities and concepts of god. The creative process is the extension of my being, colour, pattern and rhythm announce the painted sound of my expression. 

Plasticity
Karen Preston

Tuesday 5 May - Friday 29 May

‘Plasticity’ as an exhibition is an invitation to reflect on the omnipotence of plastic in our everyday lives. The amalgamation of plastics with organic bodies and natural environments is explored using plastic waste as an art medium. ‘Plasticity’ refers to the malleability of plastic, its capacity to mimic properties of natural materials and organic bodies, and to adopt seemingly infinite textures, forms and shapes.

The environmental, ecological and biological consequences of household plastic waste is receiving global and local attention. Governments across all levels are confounded by issues and challenges attached to its use and disposal. First invented in 1907, plastic is now seemingly indispensable to human activity; it is present in practically every hour and space of our lives. In just eleven decades plastic has become established as one of the cheapest, most useful, and durable materials ever invented. It is modern industry’s most disregarded and readily discarded product. Half of the plastic produced in the world is single-use, eight million tonnes enter our oceans each year[i], and more than 60 million plastic bottles are disposed of everyday.

With these concerns in mind, I collected all plastic waste generated by my household over a 12 month period, that in the past would have been sent to landfill or recycled, was gathered, washed and reused. I photographed each week’s plastic waste, and at the end of every four weeks created sculptures and associated artworks. 

Winter Journey
Lucy Chapman

Tuesday 2 June -  Friday 3 July

Netherlands-born Lucy Chapman divides her work between Botanical Art, Nature Surrealism and Contemporary Abstract. Her Winter Journey exhibition hung on the WGAC ground floor comprises 24 nature-surrealist paintings inspired by the 24 respective songs of Schubert’s Winterreise. Her first-floor Botanica et Avia exhibition features paintings of botanical subjects and birds.

Naturally Gippsland
Cheryl Cook and Joan Best

Tuesday 6 October- Friday 30 October

Two passionate and accomplished artists, Cheryl Cook and Joan Best, explore Gippsland’s natural treasures. They bring to life the essence of our diverse environment using a variety of techniques including textiles, altered leaf prints, stitch and ceramics. The works are structurally powerful yet delicate and emotively capture the artists’ experiences. The body of work reflects the varied responses of the two artists and the richness demonstrates their love of and commitment to Gippsland.

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