Western Current

Robert Cleworth
Di Cubitt
Michael Doherty
Ben Joel
Moira de la Hunty
Gina Moore
Wade Taylor
Paul Uhlmann
Curated by Ron Nyisztor

Gallery 9, Fremantle Arts Centre
1–24 Nov 2019 | Mon-Sun | 10am–5pm

Glimpses of the sea and sky serve to remind us of the geographical distance between us and the rest of the world. The paintings in Western Current relate the Indian Ocean to us in a Gothic narrative, a variety of narratives which reinforce a sense of isolation and foreboding. The artists within this exhibition present an alternative to wellknown clichés of 'west coasts' that have become embedded in pop culture. Iconic locations such as Ibiza, Malibu, Acapulco promote paradise and luxurious retreat. Alternatively, Western Current focusses on several artists' responses to an undercurrent and history we compensate for. The notorious shipwreck coast, the hopeful migrants disembarking in the middle of nowhere. Wrung-out, disoriented by the sky, land and sea, stunned by the mesmerizing scale of each. For many of us, unsettling conversations with the past diminish over time giving way to generational distance. Sombre sentiments eventually submerge, these ghosts slide into a furtive medium to which each of these artists allude.

Images: Moira de la Hunty, 'Yearning for a Scaffold beyond my Bones; oil on canvas; 100 x 230cm
Di Cubitt, 'South Point', oil on canvas

Fremantle Arts Centre