Landscape Constructed

Date: 
Saturday, 4 March 2017 to Monday, 12 June 2017
Location: 
George Lance Gallery
Curator/s: 
Agostina Hawkins

A selection of 3D and 2D works from our permanent collection.
 
One of Warrnambool Art Gallery’s most famous paintings, Tower Hill by Eugene von Guerard (1855) is the earliest pictorial record we have of Tower Hill. As such, it is used as a primary source of evidence used by rangers today to reconstruct, rehabilitate and re-vegetate the site which was once denuded and destroyed by European settlers.  However accurate this painting is (over 15 specific native plant species can be identified in the work), the fact remains that Tower Hill is being reconstructed through the vision of von Guerard.
 
This exhibition takes a look at how landscapes are constructed and de-constructed all the time both physically and in our imaginations.
 
The works chosen depict different aspects of the Australian landscape such as the rugged coastline of the southwest, the Dreamtime YawkYawk, the plantations of the Portland area and the stunning sunsets and sunrises of our region.

Image: 'Sky Divisions Gathering', 1989, James Gleeson