RAF Project | A New Artwork Inspired by Narrandera
Image: Video Still of the artwork, ‘A Road is a Line is a Melody’ by Darrin Baker and Trent Light.
Narrandera artist Trent Light, in collaboration with Sydney artist Darrin Baker will present an exhibition of new video work at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery from Saturday 22 July until Sunday 3 September.
A Road is a Line is a Melody was developed over a two-week residency at the Cad Factory studio in Sandigo in December 2016. The artists spent time filming, taking photographs and interviewing Narrandera residents.
The artists have combined their practices of video making and photography to build a complex map from the ground and sky of the many aspects that make up a small country town.
Mr Light commented that, “Living in Narrandera my whole life, I’ve seen its beauty and uniqueness multiple times. But seeing it from the bird’s eye view of a drone gave me a new perspective.”
Darrin Baker, a lifelong Sydney resident enjoyed being a visiting artist for the residency program. Having been to the Riverina several times before, Mr Baker said, “I find regional landscapes intriguing. Being from a city environment, and being an outsider, allowed me to have a different kind of reflection.”
The Cad Factory invited four artists to be part of their Rural Residency Collaborations in November and December 2016. The program paired Riverina artists with national and international artists to share ideas, process and practice with the hope of enabling new conversations and new artistic explorations. This residency program continues the Cad Factory’s support of artists generating work inspired by the landscape, history and people of the Riverina.
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Manager Stephen Payne says, “We are delighted to be partnering again with the Cad Factory on this project. Their Rural Residency Programs have proven to be a great vehicle for breaking down the barriers between regional and metropolitan artistic experimentation. We have always found that our audiences appreciate the opportunity to enjoy the results of the collaborations that the Cad Factory makes happen.”
The opening celebration for the exhibition is on Friday 21 July from 6pm – 8pm at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.
Exhibition Opening: Friday 21 July, 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition Dates: Saturday 22 July – Sunday 3 September