OUTSTRACT... works from the BHRAG collection
Andrea Jenkins - Wabi Sabi Silver City
My work practice has centred on raising ordinary things to a place of honour. Finding beauty where there are flaws and embracing the mellowness that age can instil (impart) on buildings and structures. For me the most beautiful of all beauty is not always apparent, you need to look harder to be rewarded. There is a beautiful strength in objects and structures that have lasted the tests of time and aged to become at one with their surroundings.
“Wabi Sabi” is a Japanese aesthetic that I have recently discovered- although it has been around for a long time. “Wabi sabi” encompasses what my practice revolves around.
It is difficult to put into words exactly what it is as it is more of an emotion and as such is hard to define. I will do my best.
Individually, both words mean loneliness and isolation.
Wabi : simplicity and quietude and the rustic beauty that is created by nature and man.
Sabi: Rust and the patina of age
So together the two words are an emotion of being at peace with imperfections and agedness. Finding and embracing the beauty but in a humble and modest way. There is no ostentatiousness. There is grace that comes with age and use. It is the understated beauty that exists in the imperfections of buildings objects and even people, and the richness that aging can have on things in nature and manmade.
(Wabi Sabi: beauty in the imperfect.)
Broken Hill has its unique qualities that have drawn me to it. There is a quiet strength in its structures and its people. Hardened by the harsh desert conditions, there is a resilience that is to be admired. It is a town with a narrative. Its buildings from the makeshift corrugated iron houses that were only supposed to last the mining boom of the late 19th Century and still stand proudly, to the architecture that embodies Victorian and Art Deco period, the streets and laneways all offer the curious an opportunity to explore and delve.
Broken Hill is the epitome of “Wabi Sabi”. The town that embraces its history. The structures and buildings that saw the town begin are so wonderfully still a part of its every day.
Broken Hillians have a strong sense of who they are and their beginnings.
They embrace their history with pride. This exhibition is for them.
Maggie Hutchings - Feathers, Flight and Song
This exhibition is inspired by the diverse stories and experiences Australians have in ‘being’ and ‘becoming’ Australian. I asked 20 Australians whose stories and experiences have inspired and helped to create the Australian current experience. The title of the exhibition emphasises the fact that what we look like is the least of who we are. The journeys and stories we bring are the centre.
Each portrait has a bird symbolising migration, freedom of movement, flight to and from.
The following people were kind enough to share photographs of themselves as children. I wanted to show that whatever beginning you may have that great journeys are possible. That success in life is not about where you start: it’s about how you make the journey.
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is located at 404 - 408 Argent Street, Broken Hill. Broken Hill is the largest regional outback centre in Western New South Wales, positioned close to the South Australian border and midway between the Queensland and Victorian borders. Broken Hill is a culturally rich and diverse environment. Famous for its mining industries, silver and mineral deposits, and unionism, the city today is also identified by the strength of its arts community, and number of artists and galleries in the region. The town is also the home of The Brushmen of the Bush, a celebrated group of Australian artists including Pro Hart, Jack Absalom, Hugh Schulz, Eric Minchin and John Pickup, who took paintings of outback Australia to the world.