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Cowra Regional Art Gallery | Mandy Martin: Homeground

Image: Alexander Boynes and Mandy Martin, ‘Willow Yellow’ (detail), 2016, ochres, pigments, oil, fluoro stock markers on linen and HD digital projection 16 x 9, 2’30” looped, silent. 183cm x 325cm. Courtesy the Artists and Australian Galleries.
 
 
Cowra Regional Art Gallery presents Mandy Martin: Homeground – 10 February to 18 March 2018.
 
This twenty year survey exhibition concentrates on Mandy Martin’s deep unease about the landscape in which we live. Environmental issues relating to water security, the impact of the region’s coal-fired power stations and open cut mines are central concerns.
 
Each of the works in the exhibition have been carefully selected, creating a suite of works that distil the essence of Martin’s practice since she moved to Mandurama in the Central West in 1995. The survey includes examples of Martin’s collaborative practice including paintings with the indigenous artist Trisha Carroll and digital projections with the Canberra based artist and curator, Alexander Boynes.
 
“I have painted well over 200 works in the Central West, so the chosen works for this exhibition reflect those 20 years in a landscape which has slowly opened up to me….however I have a deep unease about the landscape we live in. I see it becoming marginal as climate change accelerates. The issues of water I have addressed in many environmental art projects are tantamount.” – Mandy Martin
 
Mandy Martin is one of Australia’s most important artists whose career spans over 40 years. She has had numerous exhibitions in Australia, Mexico and the USA and has exhibited in France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Italy. Her works are in many public and private collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House Canberra and the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. In the USA she is represented in the Guggenheim Museum New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno and many private collections.
 
Mandy Martin: Homeground opens at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 10 February at 2pm for 2.30pm. The exhibition will be opened by Robert Bolton – Editor of ‘Review’and Education Editor at the Australian Financial Review newspaper. The exhibition is a Bathurst Regional Art Gallery touring exhibition curated by Sarah Gurich.
 
The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street and open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 2pm – 4pm. Admission is free.
 
For more information contact the Gallery on 6340 2190 or visit cowraartgallery.com.au.