APRIL 29 to JUNE 20
ANNE GRAHAM – INSTALLATION
BOYD McMILLAN – ARTIST Ink/Watercolour, Acrylic
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHERS – GARY P HAYES, MERRIDY CAIRN-DUFF, CHRIS ERSEK and JULIE FAVELL
A WORD FROM THE ARTIST – ANNE GRAHAM – In 2015 I completed a short residency at The Big C Gallery in Bilpin, NSW. Yuri and Rae Bolotin introduced me to the Gardens of Stone. The Aboriginal occupation of this place dates back at least 65,000 years. It is a special place that we must preserve, Activities such as off-road driving and mining can destroy this heritage. I want in this work to at least begin to draw attention to this magical place. I have used discarded woollen blankets, rubbish I suppose from our affluent society, to draw attention, as Charles Darwin said to: “Nature which is power incessantly ready for action and is immeasurably superior to man’s feeble efforts as the works of nature are to those of Art.”
SATURDAY MAY 1st – Opening Event – 3.30pm – FREE EVENT
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SATURDAY MAY 15th – Pagoda Journey Forum – All day event – $15
A premier Australian Heritage Festival Event at Lithgow. Professor Anne Graham’s installation, ‘Gardens of Stone’ will be showcased in the Gang Gang Gallery’s main gallery space, surrounded by an array of photographs of the birds of that country and watercolour works capturing some of its extraordinary landscapes.
A selection of special guest speakers.
A film portraying the beauty and potential of the proposal to create a State Conservation Zone in this area will also be showing continuously in the adjoining studio gallery. Viewing these works in the country of their inspiration, linked to the possibility of visiting that country whilst in the region, makes this an experience that will touch multiple senses.
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APRIL 29 to JUNE 20
BOYD McMILLAN – Mixed Media Works in Ink/Watercolour, Acrylic
Boyd works in a variety of media with a foundation of walking and drawing in natural areas such as the western Blue Mountains. His practise is based upon site drawing and the direct experience of landscape. The work starts from the immediacy of drawing and develops in the application of media and techniques available in the studio to convey the experience of change in landscape and explore resonance through metaphor.
Boyd received formal training majoring in painting in the mid 1970’s, and has continued a dual practice as an artist and landscape architect exhibiting in Galleries and Art Fairs in Australia and Japan. He has been a finalist in the Gosford Art Prize and the Bermagui Sculpture Prize and his work is held in private collections across Australia, in the United States and the UK.
CASTS OF TIME
A poem inspired by the recent Pagoda Journey Forum.
Wyn Jones, ecologist/scientist/environmentalist and poet was so taken by the beauty and majesty of the original artwork ‘Pagoda Banksia’ by Boyd McMillan pen was put to paper and The poem ‘Casts of Time’ is the result.
First time I saw it
A blackened marvel
A fossil from Triassic perhaps
Carved etched sketched
Stretched in a screen of misty molecules
No matrix no poured cast
No reinforced concrete
No slab of ignominy.
Fossils set slowly.
The black smelt of ignorance
Fading within its own Triassic vénération.
Fading fading ……
Paint stream dashes of
Ancient river dunes.
But unnoticeable, just …
Almost just conscious
The black turned blue.
Wyn Jones – May 18, 2021