THE COAST IS CLEAR

LIFE BY THE OCEAN IN­SPIRES ARTIST’S WORK

Joondalup Weekender - - Opinion -

COASTAL sub­ur­ban liv­ing is de­picted in Heathridge artist Alan Muller’s ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion.

Perth 360 is a col­lec­tion of Muller’s art from the past 20 year, which range from stun­ning ocean views to ur­ban is­sues in­clud­ing rub­bish col­lec­tions and graf­fiti.

Muller said he was in­spired by Perth’s city space, bril­liant light and the In­dian Ocean when he re­turned to WA in 1997, but in 2010 be­gan to recog­nise the indige­nous his­tory of the land.

“The na­tional per­spec­tive of for­get­ful­ness about our his­tory is shift­ing and it is in­creas­ingly clear we are not a young coun­try of new www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473754 peo­ple, but an an­cient land of an­cient, cul­tured peo­ple,” he said.

“Colo­nial artist Fred­er­ick Gar­ling’s 1827 paint­ings were orig­i­nally used to pro­mote the Swan River to po­ten­tial set­tlers, today they in­form my work to ac­knowl­edge what has been taken, de­stroyed and lost since coloni­sa­tion.

“As an artist, my work chal­lenges the com­mu­nity to re­mem­ber the an­cient his­tory of this land and the cen­tral place it holds in the con­tem­po­rary life of all Aus­tralians.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion com­prises 55 works, in­clud­ing a 5.4m-wide Swan River panoramic.

It shows at Wan­neroo Gallery un­til Oc­to­ber 18.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Alan Muller with some of the pieces that fea­ture in his ex­hi­bi­tion.

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