Of all the cultural highlights of 2015 I could choose to relive, this chance stumbling across an exhibition in Melbourne is most worthy. I was on tour there after a busy summer, and not in the most refreshed frame of mind. John Wolseley’s Heartlands and headlands was a well placed tonic that was to change the course of my year.
The idea of traversing a country and documenting it had instant appeal, having done something to that effect myself exactly one year before. Immediately drawn in by the concept, to see what one man had accomplished in four years whilst crossing the vast expanse of Australia was an uplifting experience.
The way in which Wolseley captures his landscapes creates such dynamic imagery. Their appeal to me is in the way so much competing information has been layered to form a single complex composition. The effect is quite symphonic in presenting total impressions of these worlds or instances. This is my first encounter with an artist capturing natural landscapes in such a way, reflective of the techniques of the digital age yet produced in-situ with ancient technology.
Catching this exhibition in Melbourne flicked an imaginative switch. It was the inspiration I needed to get creative again, and the visual example I had been missing of the kind of work I would like to recreate in music. Below is the blog page I visited page 6 months later to renew that inspiration and relive that uplifting moment. Thank you John Wolseley!
Exhibition dates: 11th April – 16th August 2015
This is a wondrous exhibition by John Wolseley at NGV Australia. The whole feeling of the exhibition, its scale and intimacy, the attention to detail and the sheer the beauty of the work is quite outstanding. I was fascinated with the text descriptions the artist gives with each piece of work, included here in the posting.
While Wolseley plays with time (deep time, shallow time and now time) and space here it is more than that, for deep time (or “the zone” in the alternative parlance of athletes) is also used in artistic activity to refer to the experience of being lost in the act of creation or the consumption of a work. To the viewer, so it would seem here for we become lost in the art of creation. There is a sense of timelessness, the experience of unusual freedom within time…
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