4 August - 17 September 2023, Benalla Art Gallery
Inspired by Benalla Art Gallery’s idyllic position between the Benalla Botanical Gardens (manicured gardens designed and developed in 1886) and Lake Benalla (an artificial lake created in the 1970s), Always and Altered ponders our local and universal relationship with the land.
Featuring works from the Benalla Art Gallery Collection, Winton Wetlands digital archive, loaned directly from artists, and resulting from the University of Melbourne’s Art + Ecology Residency at Dookie, the exhibition ruminates on our interactions with and impact on the land. Works explore our shaping of the landscape for a myriad of purposes, First Nations custodianship of the land and connection to Country, the importance of National Parks and conservation projects, and human environmental impacts.
ARTISTS: Lauren Berkowitz, Judith Nangala, Crispin Sebastian Di Mauro, George Egerton-Warburton, Paul Fletcher, Dr Treahna Hamm, Ernest Marcuse, Rene Martens, Andy Pye, Jen Valender, Yandell Walton, Stephen Wickham.
This exhibition was co-developed by Benalla Art Gallery, CoVA and the Winton Wetlands.
A forthcoming digital publication, Radicle Notes, will accompany the exhibition and be available through the Art + Australia Study Centre.
IMAGE CREDIT: Lauren Berkowitz, Remnants (detail), 2022
bailing twine, packaging strap, cockatoo feathers, earth, rocks, broken glass and crockery, peppercorns, eucalyptus, rose petals and weeds, 75 x 200 cm, Dookie Agricultural College, Victoria