CAM is delighted to say that three Castlemaine State Festival exhibitions will continue to be on view following the conclusion of this year’s successful Festival.
Kylie Stillman’s ‘EUCALYPT’ remains on the CAM Terrace; Eliza Jane Gilchrist’s exhibition ‘I WONDER WHAT GOES ON IN THERE’ remains in the Sinclair Gallery and Lyndell Brown and Charles Green’s exhibition, ‘100 YEARS OF TURBULENCE’ remains in the Stoneman Gallery until the Len Fox exhibition is installed in mid-late May. The Higgins gallery will close for de-installation and repainting and reopens in May.
CAM would like to thank the artists, the Castlemaine State Festival and the La Trobe Art Institute.
Please note the gallery will return to the following opening hours:
Thursday – 12-5pm
Friday – 12-5pm
Saturday – 12-5pm
If you have any questions or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact CAM’s Front of House team on 03 5472 2292 or email email@example.com.
‘Eucalypt’ is a stack of recycle plastic HDPE sheeting that form on one side a solid and impenetrable wall and on the other side real the negative form of an iconic eucalyptus silhouette. The form that is removed from the material, and the resultant shadow lines and revealed textures, create the pretence of a tree that is in face not there at all. This absence of the tree and the scale of the block of material is not accidental, it is a lyrical prompt for the viewer to reconsider the origins of the matter we use to assemble our constructed world.
‘I Wonder What Goes On In There’
Working with local kindergarten children and artist Ann Ferguson, Gilchrist works with notions of the built and natural environment to elicit narratives of place. A child-centric approach puts story-telling and imagination at the centre of consideration, allowing exploration and engagement with objects, forms, sound and space.
Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, ‘I Wonder What Goes On In There’, 2019, cardboard, paper, ink, cane, speakers and MP3 players.
LYNDELL BROWN + CHARLES GREEN
‘100 years of turbulence’
Lyndell and Charles have worked together as one artist for almost thirty years. They use lots of different materials on paper, produce oil paintings on linen (canvas), make photographs and even paint over transparent (see-through) digital prints. They are interested in creating artworks that show how past wars have changed our lives today and how wars continue to be fought across the globe. They were Australia’s Official War Artists in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007-08 and their works have been collected by most major Australian public art museums and are also in many private collections.
100 Years of Turbulence is a huge photographic panorama (picture with a wide view) that links photographs taken across 100 years of catastrophic (terrible) history. The artists have constructed a visual countdown of chaos, trouble, war and what follows, from 1918 to 2018. This artwork acts as a kind-of atlas of conflict; it links one terrible event to the next, showing how one war might have led to another.
The work is made up of old photographs, historical snapshots and drawings that seem to be randomly scattered, but when seen altogether they tell the story of global conflict over the years. Sometimes old photos are overlayed with new photos of the same places, showing us how things have changed (or stayed the same) over time. The result shows the past reaching towards the present and the present linking back to the past.