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troublemag | September 25, 2017

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Listing State WA

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000

Gregory Pryor – Looking Glass
2 September 2017 – 15 January

WA artist Gregory Pryor has created an immersive new work Looking Glass which draws upon his investigations into isolated landscapes of Western Australia. For his WA Now project, Gregory Pryor undertook a field trip to the region of the tragic Esperance bush fires of 2015. By setting himself in amongst the charcoal remains of the devastated terrain and taking a series of 360-degree photographic notations, Pryor formulated the idea for his panoramic work and its overwhelming immersive quality. Similar to the bush’s capacity to regenerate after fire, Looking Glass in some ways can be seen as a reassembled landscape, articulated on 1585 sheets of paper.

Screen Space – Richard Bell
Until 15 September

One of Richard Bell’s most defining works, Scratch an Aussie, is a playful, serious and challenging video piece that explores racism in Australia. Through the use of jokes, mimicry and word association games between a psychiatrist (Bell) and his patients, viewers witness some of the everyday racist beliefs and jibes about Aboriginal people that operate in Australia today.

Bill Henson
16 September – 11 December

This exhibition presents recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompassing themes including portraits, nudes, lush museum interiors and transcendent landscapes. The images in this show are drawn from a body of works created between 2008 and 2013, and continue Henson’s sensitive study of the human condition, which he has realised over his forty-year career.

Six Seasons Gallery – Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art
NOW ON

This new permanent space showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from the State Art Collection. The first display, Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art presents art that considers the beauty and importance of the land and environment to Aboriginal people, and touches on some of the practices and rituals that connect people to Country.

Micro Galleries – Sky and Garden
Until 30 September

The second instalment of the Wesfarmers Collection display focuses on the idea of landscape and what contemporary explorations of the theme can show us about our place, tastes and traditions.

Craft & Design Gallery – Resonant Objects
Until 15 October

This display brings together key highlights from AGWA’s furniture collection. Including significant modern and contemporary pieces that look at the ways items made to either support the body or its domestic living and activities, express various philosophies of being and making whilst also existing as artistic statements in their own right.

Fremantle Arts Centre

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160

22 July—16 September

Ian Strange | ISLAND

Perth-raised, New York-based artist Ian Strange returns home for ISLAND, featuring large-scale photographs and a site-specific installation. The exhibition depicts the foreclosed homes in Ohio’s Rust Belt region as Strange investigates the suburban home, exploring its dual nature as a place of sovereignty and simultaneous entrapment.

I WAS HERE

Curated by Anna Louise Richardson (WA), I WAS HERE reflects upon the continual remaking of history through photographic prints and sculpture. Artists include Tom Buckland (ACT), Wanda Gillespie (NZ), Kate McMillan (UK), Yhonnie Scarce (VIC), Alex Seton (NSW), Amy Spiers (VIC) and Robyn Stacey (NSW).

Fri 22 Sep – Sat 11 Nov

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing 

The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing returns to showcase the best of contemporary Australian printmaking. With $22,000 in prize money and works ranging from traditional to boundary-pushing, the exhibition presents established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists from all over Australia.

Speaking Volumes 

Speaking Volumes presents a selection of award winning artists’ books drawn from the City of Fremantle Art Collection. Acquired over the last twenty years, the exhibition includes works by Dianne Longley (SA), Jan Davis (VIC), Peter Charuk (NSW), Marieke Dench (VIC), Antonietta Covino-Beehre (VIC), Joel Gailer (VIC) and Damiano Bertoli (VIC).