Luminous relic

08 April to 09 July 2017

GEELONG GALLERY

Little Malop Street
Geelong 3220
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Luminous relic presents a major collaborative painting and moving image work by Mandy Martin and Alexander Boynes, with a score by Tristen Parr. Based on fieldwork around industrial Geelong, this urgent politically charged work examines the ongoing and cumulative effects of industry on landscapes, fragile ecosystems and human conditions.

A sense of intimate connection between industry, carbon emissions, the end of the fossil fuel era, and a lurid dawn heralding freak winds and, far across the ocean, a collapsing ice shelf, underlie the artistic response from each artist. Mandy Martin paints the body of the Geelong industrial complex into an ice shelf. Her high key reflective surface allows time-lapse moving images of industrial Geelong by Alexander Boynes to play with the element of time in what appears to be a static moment. Tristen Parr’s score adds pathos and gravitas to the contemplative space and sublime proposition of Luminous relic.

Luminous relic is part of CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017—a festival of exhibitions and events harnessing the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017

Installation view Mandy Martin, Alexander Boynes and Tristen Parr Luminous relic (detail, still)  2017 pigment, sand, crusher dust, acrylic and oil on linen; three–channel high–definition, stereo sound score; 6 minutes, 10 seconds Courtesy of the artists and Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Installation view
Mandy Martin, Alexander Boynes and Tristen Parr
Luminous relic (detail, still)  2017
pigment, sand, crusher dust, acrylic and oil on linen; three–channel high–definition, stereo sound score; 6 minutes, 10 seconds
Courtesy of the artists and Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Call & Response

Alexander Boynes and Mandy Martin

8th April - 12th June 2016

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY

Alexander Boynes and Mandy Martin created Willow Yellow in 2016 for Call + Response, Orange Regional Gallery 26 March – 12 June. Several artists were invited to create works which responded to another artwork in the gallery collection and Mandy and Alexander chose Brett Whiteley’s Willow at Carcoar. The exhibition showcases the newly created works alongside the original.  

Pot holed roads winding through bleached yellow hills and random encounters with kangaroos, wombats popping out of burrows, blue wrens, huge boulders and looming fence posts are all part of the vocabulary Brett Whiteley lyrically invented in his Central West landscapes. Strewn around the creeks are his emblematic Autumnal willows which are quintessential Whiteley and Central West. Willow Yellow responds to the call of Willow at Carcoar speculating on how Brett might “paint” this landscape now if he were still here.

As homage but also to pose questions about how this landscape has changed and how Brett’s pop vision may have adapted to current times, our willow is fluorescent yellow and explodes like an incendiary every few minutes. It perches Delft- like on a waste rock heap over Cadia Gold Mine.

Mining, usually hidden from view in the Central West, except from the air, has swept down the length of NSW on a scale unprecedented in earlier mining booms.  The waste rock heaps that build slowly towards the horizon line of the Canoblas Range can be clearly seen from Mandy’s studio. Alexander and Mandy visited the mine at the end of 2015 to research this collaborative work. It brings together painting, digital projection and temporal elements in a continuum, mimicking the work at the mine which continues 24 hours a day every day of the year, largely unseen and unheralded.

Mandy Martin is an artist who has held numerous exhibitions in Australia and internationally.  Her works are in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and other state collections and regional galleries. In the USA she is represented in the Guggenheim Museum New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno and many private collections. 

She lives in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia.

She currently is an Adjunct Professor Fenner School of Environment and Society,

Australian National University.

Mandy Martin + Alexander Boynes + Willow Yellow (Still) 2016

Mandy Martin + Alexander Boynes + Willow Yellow (Still) 2016


A Change in the Weather *

3 - 22nd SEPTEMBER 2015

BEAVER GALLERIES, CANBERRA

I have lived in the Central West of NSW for 20 years now and in the daily routine on a large property, I have become attuned to changes in the weather. However, I have a heightened state of anxiety that these can be ominous, signs that bigger shifts in climate are on the way. Weather becomes synonymous with mood in this series, so a sublime sunset in my mind can be worrying, an unseasonal snow fall, alarming.

Looking out from my studio I can see Cadia Gold Mine, the biggest gold mine in the southern hemisphere and not far beyond that, there is coal and gas mining country. Mining and Climate change weigh heavily on my mind.

During this 20 year period a large part of my creative practice has been coordinating art and environment projects. Currently I am fully engrossed in the 10th such project, this ongoing project is in Arnhem Land, Arnhembrand. Living on Healthy Country.

The paintings in A Change in the Weather arise from the moments in between those art and environment projects and my series’ about mining and climate change.

Mandy Martin September 2015

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North Wind, Bolivar 2015 Pigment, oil on linen 150 x 150 cms

North Wind, Bolivar 2015 Pigment, oil on linen 150 x 150 cms


The Warming, 2015

3 - 24 MAY 2015 

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015 will be staged in Melbourne from 11 April to 17 May, with further participation from museums and galleries located in greater Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Mandy has curated an exhibition at the Australian Galleries, 28 Derby Street that will be included as part of the festival.

The Warming, and the Anthropocene Cabinet of Curiosities Australian Galleries, 28 Derby Street, Collingwood 3 – 24 May 2015

For more information about the Climarte Festival please head to artclimatechange.org

To view the catalogue from The Warming, and the Anthropocene Cabinet of Curiosities Australian Galleries, please click here


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MARTIN_EVITE_RS14_proof2

Playing With Fire, 2014

11 NOVEMBER - 7 DECEMBER 2014 Australian Galleries Roylston Street Paddington, Sydney. Opened by Dermot O' Gorman CEO WWF.


Burnt patch at Handover Camp 2013_pigment and oil on linen 180cmx180cm
Burnt patch at Handover Camp 2013_pigment and oil on linen 180cmx180cm

Desert Lake. Art, Science and Stories from Paruku

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, USA. June7- November 30 2014.

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Desert Lake but all night long the red dreams*

6 - 23 June 2013 , Australian Galleries, Derby Street Melbourne

Desert Lake Publication
Desert Lake Publication

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To view 'Falling Stars Study' folio pdf.please click here 

To view 'Falling Stars Paintings' folio pdf. please click here


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duststormwindfarm201090x90cms

Wanderers in the Desert of the Real 2011

17 May – 4 June 2011, Australian Galleries, Roylston Street Melbourne

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Wanderers in the Desert of the Real 2009

November 17 – December 6, 2009, Australian Galleries, AG Smith Street

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Painting Gooniyandi Country


Wanderers in the desert of the real; Iceberg, 2008_Ochre, pigment, and oil on linen diptych, 180x270cm
Wanderers in the desert of the real; Iceberg, 2008_Ochre, pigment, and oil on linen diptych, 180x270cm

Wanderers in the Desert of the Real 2008

4 March - 29 March 2008, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

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Co-op, 1981 oil:canvas_120 x 180cm
Co-op, 1981 oil:canvas_120 x 180cm

MANDY MARTIN: Paintings 1981-2009

30 May - September 6 2009, Survey Exhibition Canberra Museum and Gallery

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Mandy Martin Survey, curated by Peter Haynes

An exhibition of work by celebrated Australian artist Mandy Martin whose painting examines the fragile beauty of the Australian landscape. Please click here to read on