Dick Turner
Cross Sections ­ Layering Land and Culture

2 - 31 August 2008

Dick Turner views 'layering' as a juxtaposing of ideas. He uses fragments of the natural and the cultural which are contained within the landscape of Cairn Curran, in Central Victoria. Cairn Curran is a 1950s water catchment area with environmental problems which he has used as an analogy of the present global situation. The visual exploration of this area intends to encapsulate the Colonial Enterprise and its outcomes in our Post Modern world.

His painting and print making methodology is not bound by traditional or conventional modes of practice. A hybrid form of painting and printmaking techniques is used on paper and canvas which shows evidence of both traditional disciplines.

One of the works in this show Gold and Fossil creates an imaginary slice through the earth with depictions of an ancient Gondwana Land fern fossil in layers of gold bearing rock and also layers various influences of human habitation. The colour yellow is used to infer Indigenous life with contemporary excavating machinery layered above. Other works depict various aspects of life around the catchment area.

Dick Turner
Gold and Fossil
2008

Dick Turner
Recycling Ants
2008

 

Dick Turner
Prickly Pear, Cairn Curran
2008