Drawing Light investigates the significance of light as a determining characteristic of the Australian landscape.The tradition of portraying landscape through light, is redefined in this exhibition by the artist, whose focus is not on representing light, but rather utilising it as an essential artistic material. Through a combination of installation, lighting and painting Deray creates a fictive space in the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, encouraging visitors to re-imagen their own concepts of the Australian landscape.
A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition
KRIS PETA DERAY Cosmos 1 2015 – 2016, oil on rag paper, 90 cm x 120 cm
30 July – 11 September 2016
In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre launched The World Heritage Artists in Residence Program. This initiative consists of a 6-week artist residency for one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, sponsored by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by an exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.
Magda Wegrzyn from Torun, Poland was selected to participate in the inaugural World Heritage Artist in Residence Program and will present her body of work Error Strategy in the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Her body of work is based on Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson’s exploration and crossing of the Blue Mountains area and its twofold consequences: The achievement of successfully navigating extremely challenging terrain and finding access to new land for agricultural purposes on the one hand and the dispossession of the traditional owners of the land and destruction of their culture on the other. Wegrzyn is intrigued by this duality of ‘exploration’ and through her exhibition will investigate the idea of errors made in past exploration of new territory and its implication for future generations.
A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition