SLOW DOCUMENTS - James Farley
Slow Documents presents a series of new work exploring camera-less photography as a tool for ecological thinking. Using outdated or discarded photographic materials, the artist composes a set of conditions in which the subject, medium and environment are free to express their agency towards the creation of an image. These photographs evoke the values of reciprocity to explore expanded notions of time, place and human/ non-human agency.
HORIZONS PRESENT AND UNSEEN - Hayley Megan French
Horizons present and unseen is a collection of paintings and photographs from two years of research and travel in Australia supported by the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship (2015-2016). Broken Hill Regional Gallery gives space to bring together works across the different series created during this period. The photographs document movement through the landscape; the paintings construct and inhabit landscapes speculatively from the Sydney-based studio. These processes are a challenge to the artist to think differently—about place-making, about how we are shaped by the landscape, and about how we respond to the spoken and unspoken influences of the places, people and cultures that surround and inform us in Australia. Seen side by side, subtle shifts in form are revealed; edges and lines quiver between series.
REFLECTIONS ON NATURE - Ann Mitchell
Ann Mitchell presents Reflections on Nature; a prolific body of watercolour and gouache works created in her home of Broken Hill.
From Quandongs, Galahs and Snappy Gums to English bred stallions and Japanese Wildlowers, Mitchell presents to us the intricacies and connections between all aspects of the natural world. This juxtposition of familiar and exotic elements asks us to slow down, posit ourself in an enormous web of natural pheonoema and ultimately, asks us to reflect.
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.