Kurt Sorensen: The Solitude is Desolation

13 May – 2 July

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Drawing upon the historical newspaper account of the disappearance of David and Emily Jane Joel near Wentworth Falls in 1918, Kurt Sorensen combines experimental analogue photography, video and sound works to explore the often uneasy relationship of colonial European settlers with the Blue Mountains environment.

Sorensen’s current work is created through researching historical colonial texts such as newspapers, state archives or journals and looking for specific instances of misadventure in Australian and other colonised environments. These stories are often not well reported and have largely been forgotten. Once a story has been chosen and thoroughly researched Sorensen then travels to the area where the incidents occurred and create images via various traditional photographic and screen based means. These images are made at the approximate time of day that the original events occurred and are often set in remote locations.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery Exposé Program exhibition

IMAGE: KURT SORENSEN I get some terrible frights here #1 2015, C-type photograph from colour negative, 116 x 94cm, from the series The Solitude is Desolation


 Public Programs

Kurt Sorensen – The Solitude is Desolation – Artist Talk and Film Screening
Saturday 27 May, 11am – 3pm (with an hour lunch break)
Free with gallery ticket

From 11am, join exhibiting Artist, Kurt Sorensen and special guest Courtney Colins for a free lunchtime talk and Q&A about his exhibition Solitude is Desolation. From 1:30 – 3pm, join Kurt for an introduction to and film screening of iconic Australian Film, Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Workshop | Alternative Photographic Processes with Kurt Sorensen
Saturday 17 June
10:30am – 12:30pm
$60 / $55 Insight Members

Artist Kurt Sorensen will take participants on an exploration of analogue photography where he will anecdotally share both his theoretical and practical approaches to analogue image making, with an emphasis on the cyanotype process.

Bookings essential at reception or by calling 47805410.