Exhibition: Of Other Spaces by Ashleigh Garwood
Opening October 15th 6-8pm, at The Corner Cooperative: 116 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, NSW, 2008
Of Other Spaces are allegorical images that exist to question the influence and power that landscape imagery holds in neutralizing societal frameworks and cultural understanding.
The majority of landscape imagery that is presented at Australian national art institutions is of a rugged, but peaceful and unified environment. There seems to be a hidden ideological agenda that informs the portrayal of the landscape, which in turn promotes that ideology. My project, Of Other Spaces, is a way of examining the process by which this is achieved, by which our collective memory is adjusted.
My images have an aura of place; they feel familiar and locate the viewer. Yet they are counter-sites, they don’t exist, they are a version of the Australian landscape that sits in duality and contradiction to the actual sites.
The counter-sites are reminiscent of monoliths, legends or myths. Again referring to the idea that landscape imagery is so often complicit in creating a mythical, unified ideology and rendering out the portions of history that go against that ideology.
The images were taken on 4×5 film, then processed and altered. They were then printed as gelatin silver mural prints at Blanco Negro, Sydney.