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Lismore Regional Gallery | From Here to There: Australian Art and Walking

Image: Lauren Brincat, This time tomorrow, Tempelhof (detail), 2011 (still), single channel digital video, colour, sound, duration: 5:20 min, courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.
The simple act of walking is generally done without thought, planning or intent. For some artists though – walking is a central element of their work, informing their process, content, or both.
From Here to There: Australian art and walking highlights the diverse and innovative ways Australian artists are exploring walking in their art. While walking is often regarded as a functional activity to get us ‘from here to there’, artists have long used walking as a means to observe, to perform, to protest, to connect and to question. Far from being ordinary or mundane, From Here to There demonstrates walking to be a dynamic and vital force in Australian contemporary art.
The exhibition has been curated by Northern Rivers-based Jane Denison and Sharne Wolff. The curators themselves are committed walkers, having walked many international multi-day hikes – creating the perfect space in which to ponder this theme.
From Here to There brings together the multitude of ways artists use walking in their art and offers the viewer a point of entry, through various mediums, into previously unknown places, and includes work from twelve Australian artists: Lauren Brincat, Dean Brown, Daniel Crooks, Nici Cumpston, Rebecca Gallo, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Alex Karaconji, Noel McKenna, Sarah Mosca, Nell, Liam O’Brien and Sarah Rodigari.
“Walking is my favourite studio practice. To be in the studio, but to take the pleasure of walking seriously; to observe the feeling of the ground under your foot, to move. I use the landscape as my personal canvas. Walking becomes a self-portrait, mapping where I’ve been.” Lauren Brincat
Two new works have been commissioned especially for From Here to There. Rebecca Gallo will undertake a series of walks in and around Lismore, collecting discarded objects and transforming them into a sculptural installation. As the result of a local residency, funded by Linnaeus Estate, Sarah Rodigari will showcase a new performance at the exhibition opening, Work in Movement, about how place is historically determined, invented and retold.
Vanessa Berry, in her catalogue essay for the exhibition concludes: “By engaging with the traces of an artist’s walk we move alongside them in the physical action, connecting with the wider implications of their journeys: identities, histories, environments, and the forces that shape human relationships with places and each other.”
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