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Landforms and Lagoons: Charmaine Pike and Sue Lovegrove; Forest of dreams: Martin King

16-04-2015 - 16-05-2015

16 April – 16 May 2015
Gallerysmith
170-174 Abbortsford St, North Melbourne, VIC 3051
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
Tel. (03) 9329 1860

This duo-solo exhibition expresses two contrasting views of the natural environment – one which looks upward to the dry crags and peaks that puncture the earth’s crust and one which delves below the surface into the swampy depths of lakes, tarns and lagoons.

Sue Lovegrove’s paintings of natural waterholes reflect the fluctuating patterns of weather and the ecological health of the landscape. From vast expanses of shallow water just a few centimetres deep to deep aqua blue tarns hanging amongst the rocky peaks of ancient volcanic mountains, these natural pools provide vital life support and habitat to an abundance of birds, mammals, frogs and invertebrates. In sharp contrast, Charmaine Pike explores the dry landforms created by plate shifts along fault lines formed over thousands of years. While seemingly inhospitable, these places offer refuge from the heat and provide a glimpse of an alternative ecosphere.

Pike and Lovegrove explore the beauty of nature and the fragility of ancient landscapes which are constantly under threat by climate change and other aspects of human intervention.

Martin King’s work responds to the Australian landscape, most visibly by making connections between land, sea and air. His earlier works on paper traced the movement of rainshadows and the effect of weather patterns across undulating terrain and vast tracts of desert, while his more recent works express the fragility of our relationship with nature using simple motifs that convey a paradoxical vision of the landscape as both tranquil and unsettling. Forest of Dreams, developed to coincide with Climarte, depicts the inimitable Lyrebird as a symbol of a fractured environment where existence and extinction are closely linked to action or inaction.

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Getting there:
Train Stop: North Melbourne station
Tram Stop: Tram 57 from Elizabeth St., Stop 14
Bike route: Yes!
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Details

Start:
16-04-2015
End:
16-05-2015
Website:
www.gallerysmith.com.au

Venue

Gallerysmith
170 – 174 Abbortsford St
North Melbourne, 3051 Australia
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