critical mass: the art of planetary health

3 October – 6 December 2020

The health of humanity is intrinsically linked to the health of the environment, but by our own actions we now threaten to destabilise the Earth’s key life-support systems. The threats that our species faces are not just abstract physical risks, but lie within ourselves and the societies we have created. Based on the principles of Planetary Health critical mass examines the relationships between ecological, economic and social change, and explores new modes of living needed to restore and stabilize our planet and to ensure the health and wellbeing of future generations. The exhibition encompasses works by Australia’s most significant 20th century and contemporary artists alongside collaborations by artist-activists and social change leaders, who are driving the conversation around new and more sustainable practices relating to our environment, food, energy, and resource sharing.

Featuring Russell Drysdale, Simryn Gill, Fiona Hall, Hans Heysen, Janet Laurence, Sydney Nolan and Louis Pratt alongside Blue Mountains and regional NSW artists Locust Jones, Heidi Axelsen & Hugo Moline, Ona Janzen, Alexander Boynes & Mandy Martin, Rachel Peachey & Paul Mosig, Joan Ross, Andrew Merry and Dean Sewell. The artists provide reflections on anxiety yet also hope for the state of the world and its future: concerns about destruction of natural environments and eco-systems, resource depletion, climate change, waste production and over-population are examined with view to the roles that technology, science and human ingenuity can, and must play in stabilising our environment.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Sabrina Roesner

Image: DEAN SEWELL In the Line of Fire 2019, digital photograph on Canon Rag Photographique, 310gsm 100% cotton, 70 x 92cm