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Art + Environment — John Wolseley and Alexandra de Blas

April 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

To celebrate Geelong Gallery’s participation in ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 and the exhibition John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda: Molluscs/Maypal and the warming of the seas join us for a dynamic conversation with exhibiting artist, John Wolseley in conversation with environmental journalist, Alexandra de Blas.


Bookings:  https://www.geelonggallery.org.au/whats-on/events/art-environment-john-wolseley-and-alexandra-de-blas



John Wolseley’s 2016 gift to Geelong Gallery of his ten metre long, six panel panoramic watercolour The pearl fisher’s voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay, 1985-89, is the catalyst for an immersive installation in which Wolseley and senior Yolgnu artist and clan leader Mulkun Wirrpanda, extend their decade-long collaboration. Both artists share a profound sense of the beauty and fragility of the earth and its ecosystems, and in this project their works meditate especially on the mollusc as a powerful indicator of changing oceanic conditions and water systems.

Wolseley’s work will include unique woodblock prints taken from swamp mangroves that bear the bored channels of ‘shipworms’, a widespread species of mollusc feared by 17th and 18th century naval explorers, including James Cook, for its capacity to consume a ship’s timber, rendering it dangerously unseaworthy. Mulkun Wirrpanda’s lyrical bark paintings and larrikitj maintain knowledge about traditional foods sourced on land and in the waters, including shipworms.



April 24, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Geelong Gallery
55 Little Malop St
Geelong, VIC
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