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VISITANTS - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

 

 

Visitants brings together three artists whose diverse practices are linked by a desire to evoke or capture ephemeral states and transitory environmental phenomena, working in response to some of Western Australia’s most haunting remote landscapes. Perth-born, Sydney-based Consuelo Cavaniglia employs visual illusion to create works that toy with her audiences’ perception. Frequently employing transparency and reflection, her works serve to confuse foreground and background, disrupting the relationship between the viewer and the artwork. Sydney-born, Perth-based Penny Coss is highly regarded for her paintings that interpret her experience of the natural landscape in the abstract experssionist tradition. She employs scale, transparency and staining to create richly layered works that draw the audience in. Internationally-renowned Netherlands-based Berndnaut Smilde creates photographs, sculptures and installations that aim to capture moments of revelation, evoking either hope or fragility. His works frequently conflate inside and outside, or confuse scale, temporality, or the function of materials or architecture.

Though working in a variety of disciplines, Cavaniglia, Coss and Smilde all respond directly to landscape, and make work that attempts to mimic fleeting environmental changes and conditions, while engaging with a critical approach to Western understandings of landscape in the Romantic tradition. During 2016, each artist was commissioned by FORM to undertake a residency in the Pilbara, and immerse themselves in landscape that is almost hallucinatory in its harsh beauty and extremes of climate. Visitants comprises the outcomes of their time in the region, and in particular their field trips to Karijini National Park, home to some of the State’s oldest and most spectacular natural landforms. Each artist has particularly engaged with the Park’s extraordinarily vibrant colour pallete and dramatic light conditions. The exhibition refects a local, interstate and international engagement with the Western Australian landscape, and allows two Australian midcareer artists to show alongside a world-renowned international creative.
 
Andrew Nicholls, Curator. 2017
 
 
Catalogue
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nkttss0ddseheqv/Visitants.pdf?raw=1
 
Review
https://www.seesawmag.com.au/tag/penny-coss/
 
 
 

Partial Installation View

Photography Bewley Shaylor

 

 

 

Soft Fall (with Blue Pool) Acrylic on Canvas 3400 x 2800 cm

Photography Andrew Nicholls

 

 

Suspended Wind (In Blue Territory) Acrylic on Canvas 3400 x 2800cm

Photography Andrew Nicholls

 

 

Into the Fold (Of My Arms) Acrylic on Canvas  3400 X 2800 cm

Photography Andrew Nicholls

 

'Unexpected Events (break up in a benign landscape)', Penny Coss, 2017.

 

Unexpected Events. Breakup in A Benign Landsacape

Acrylic on Canvas 4300 x 3400 cm

Photography Andrew Nicholls

 

 

Photography Bewley Shaylor

 

'Unexpected Events (break up in a benign landscape)', Penny Coss, 2017.

 

Installation with Partial View Consuelo Cavaniglia ' (Untitled) Atmospheres

photography Bewley Shaylor

 

'Unflattened Karijini', Berndnaut Smilde, 2017

 

Installation View Unflattened Karijini Berndnaut Smilde

photography Bewley Shaylor

'Blue Shelf Life (still)', Penny Coss, 2017

Blue Shelf Life (Still)

60 X 180 cm

Multi Media

Photography Bewley Shaylor

Installation View by Penny Coss
Detail View by Penny Coss
Detail View by Penny Coss
Detail View by Penny Coss
Unexpected Events(Breakup in a Benign Landscape) by Penny Coss
Installation View by Penny Coss
Unexpected Events(Breakup in a Benign Landscape) by Penny Coss
Blue Shelf life (Still) by Penny Coss
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