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.
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
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
Playing With Fire, 2014
11 NOVEMBER - 7 DECEMBER 2014 Australian Galleries Roylston Street Paddington, Sydney. Opened by Dermot O' Gorman CEO WWF.
Desert Lake. Art, Science and Stories from Paruku
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, USA. June7- November 30 2014.
Desert Lake but all night long the red dreams*
6 - 23 June 2013 , Australian Galleries, Derby Street Melbourne
Wanderers in the Desert of the Real 2011
17 May – 4 June 2011, Australian Galleries, Roylston Street Melbourne
To view folio pdf. please click here
MANDY MARTIN: Paintings 1981-2009
30 May - September 6 2009, Survey Exhibition Canberra Museum and Gallery
To view catalogue please click here
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