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.
Gold and Fossil