Opening Night | 'The Wind and the Ocean' & 'Sea Sings, Wings Realm'

Friday 12th March 2021

The Wind and the Ocean | Sine MacPherson

Systems, signs, and descriptions have always held Siné MacPherson’s interest, from the flagged palm that warns of cyclonic conditions, to the colour descriptions used for identification, to the mariners’ systems used to determine the State of the Sea. Each is a found subject, a ready-made to come across – MacPherson doesn’t make things up.  When something catches her interest, she tries to figure out how to make a painting out of it. Simple curiosity, really, wanting to see how the descriptions, language systems, and information from the stuff of everyday life can look. And MacPherson’s style always responds to the subject, to something already made.

The subjects for Siné MacPherson's meticulously coloured canvases rarely stray far from home. This has included field guides for plants and birds, and dictionaries from her bookshelves, newspapers and even her painting apron. As she noted, her "interests lie in colour, the descriptive languages of visual phenomena, and visual systems.

The Wind and the Ocean Opening Night 6-8pm 12 March 2021 RSVP here

Sea Sings, Wings Realm | Martin King, Jo Darvall & Bethwyn Porter

This exhibition seeks to open the meridian of human creativity and invites the audience to engage with curiosity and wonder through installation using print and digital media. The title links the theme of the exhibition conceived by Jo Darvall, inspired by the words of an internationally acclaimed Australian poet Christopher Barnett consisting of large-scale prints, artwork on paper and an installation by three contemporary artists Martin King, Jo Darvall and Bethwyn Porter. Kings installation Searching for Bird River relates to the fragility of life and entertains childhood memories animated winged birds circling above giving the audience an immersive experience.

These playful etchings are presented on a non-traditional lectern of books, accompanied by an original soundtrack. Large-scale monotypes of Darvall and Porter allow the viewer to enter another space that looks familiar and yet is of another time… seducing and engaging the audience to experience and share in the stories of the past and future as a metaphor for the present. 

Jo Darvall, Bethwyn Porter and Martin King have developed their ideas through a process of thinking that combines a sophisticated knowledge of the mechanics of making with a compelling need to communicate with their audience - professor Ted Snell. 

Sea Sings, Wings Realm Opening Night 6-8pm 12 March 2021 RSVP here

Event Details

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Venue: Geraldton Regional Art Gallery

Cost: FREE


Organisation: Geraldton Regional Art Gallery


Event Date(s)

  • Friday 12th March 2021

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