Exhibitions now on at BRAG

TODD FULLER, KELLIE O’DEMPSEY AND CATHERINE O’DONNELL Hardenvale – our home in Absurdia, 2019, installation view, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 2021; courtesy the artists; photo: Silversalt

Current Exhibitions at Bathurst Regional Arts Centre

Hardenvale: Our Home in Absurdia
Until Sunday 30 May 2021
Hardenvale – our home in Absurdia is a real-scale, immersive, house-like environment by Australian artists Catherine O’Donnell, Kellie O’Dempsey and Todd Fuller. Through drawing, projection, built form, sound and movement, this collaborative project references the architecture of post war fibro housing as well as spaces the group describe as ‘the cultural fringe of Australia’. Crossing three generations, these artists’ re-imagine lived domestic space while expanding the practice of drawing to create an intimate and unsettling experience. Harvesting images from personal narratives of imperfect moments (both familiar and strange), Hardenvale is a humble dwelling made from drawing in which to spend time. This installation invites visitors to reflect on their own experiences and memories of home.

DARK: Steven Cavanagh & Wendy Sharpe
Until Sunday 30 May 2021
Steven Cavanagh and Wendy Sharpe have been friends for a decade. Their work can be viewed as a dialogue between two artists who explore the drama of light and dark within different mediums. Steven, a photographer, and Wendy, an acclaimed painter, respectively observe light with an emotional intensity and a fascination of the visual play of light and dark referred to as Chiaroscuro.
DARK emerged from discussions that led to ruminations on life, what can and can’t be seen providing a psychological space, the void, fear and the unknown. DARK investigates the reciprocity of light, the way light describes a subject and how light is contained and given meaning through the darkness around it.
“We see this use of darkness in our work as a physical and psychological space that speaks to the human condition and the artists’ experience.”
Here BRAG will be transformed as a culmination of two exhibitions that become one in this collaboration of individual artistic expression and investigation that extends beyond the frame.
Steven Cavanagh is an artist and curator who has travelled extensively having lived and worked in Perth, London, Sydney and Hill End in a desire to broaden his art practice, career and most importantly life. Steven is now living in Hill End and works within photography, moving image and more recently installation and performance. In addition to the exploration of DARKness, Steven’s work can at times be political with reference to his own experiences and relationship to the natural world. Themes within Steven’s work pertain to the physical and psychological landscape of masculine identity, vulnerability and loss.
Steven has a BFA, Hons, MFA in Photomedia. He is a lecturer at the National Art School and the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. He has been an artist in residence at Hill End and the Corridor Project, Cowra and his works are held in gallery and private collections in Australia and overseas.
Wendy Sharpe is acclaimed as one of Australia’s most significant and awarded artists. She has won the Archibald Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Prize (twice) and the Sulman Prize. She has received many major commissions which include Australian Official Artist to East Timor, the first woman to do so since World War II. Wendy is known for her strong figurative paintings, her use of narrative and a sensuous use of paint. She is the quintessential romantic painter, uncompromising, dedicated and unconcerned by fad or fashion. Her work addresses timeless issues such as love, passion, human relationships and what it is like to live in the world, subjects rarely expressed today in contemporary art. Wendy Sharpe’s work is based on drawing and imagination, made from intuition and experience. Her obvious understanding of drawing, composition and paint itself mean that she is often described as the painter’s painter.
Wendy lives and works in Sydney and Paris and her paintings are in the collections of major cultural Institutions and private collections around the World.

Peter Spilsbury: Re.construction
Until Sunday 30 May 2021
Blue Mountains-based multi-discipline artist Peter Spilsbury works with sculpture, drawing, installation and video. On graduating from St Martins School of Art in London, he worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and was involved in various projects in visual arts, music and performance. After moving to Australia in 1974, Spilsbury continued his art practice while working as studio supervisor in Sculpture, Performance and Installation at Sydney College of the Arts, from where he also received a Master of Visual Arts. He has been a visiting lecturer at tertiary institutions, and his work is in collections in Australia and Europe.
The works featured in Re.construction are made entirely of recycled materials, mostly found in and around his large garden. With minimal intervention and minimal manipulation, Spilsbury seeks to energise these materials and objects, always slightly confusing and slightly ambiguous. For Spilsbury, the object is neither one thing nor the other, but something in between. References ranging from Architecture to Constructivism to Arte Povera reveal themselves later, in their own time.

We’re currently offering free guided exhibition tours to the public by a BRAG staff member on Saturdays @ 11am.
Limited capacity, RSVP essential via EventBrite.
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