Eco-art on dis­play

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art - Tanya MacNaughton

PICA Sa­lon 2016 – Rad­i­cal Ecolo­gies is a com­plex ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing mainly WA artists ex­am­in­ing the eco­log­i­cal fu­ture and en­vi­ron­men­tal cri­sis.

“The artists are tak­ing quite a lot of dif­fer­ent ap­proaches but many seem to be more con­cerned with the cul­tural shifts we need to take in or­der to pre­pare for an eco­log­i­cal cri­sis,” Perth In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Arts act­ing cu­ra­tor An­drew Varano said.

“Quite a lot are look­ing at how our body and cul­ture re­lates to the en­vi­ron­ment as well.”

Varano said former PICA cu­ra­tor Leigh Robb, who is now Art Gallery of South Aus­tralia con­tem­po­rary arts cu­ra­tor, chose the 18 ex­hibit­ing artists for their on­go­ing ob­ser­va­tions on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Robb in­vited Varano to take over the ex­hi­bi­tion on her de­par­ture.

“It’s been an in­ter­est­ing process be­cause most of the works have been cre­ated specif­i­cally for the show,” he said.

“It wasn’t works se­lected, it was more like the premise was given to the artists and they gen­er­ated a work in re­sponse to that; you pose a set of ques­tions to the artist and wait to see what they come back with.”

Varano said many of the works were ex­per­i­men­tal and, along with draw­ing and sculp­ture, sev­eral had a strong con­cep­tual ba­sis.

“We have artist Mike Bianco, from Fre­man­tle, who works with the re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­mans and bees,” he said.

Rad­i­cal Ecolo­gies launched with PICA Sa­lon Vernissage, the flag­ship event for PICA’s ART1000 donor pro­gram, on Satur­day.

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues un­til Septem­ber 4.

An­drew Varano. Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d457032

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