Wagga Art Gallery: what’s on, September 17, 2017

LIFE IN FOCUS: Joshua Thomas', My Father 2015, inkjet print (detail) is on display at Wagga Art Gallery until September 24.
LIFE IN FOCUS: Joshua Thomas', My Father 2015, inkjet print (detail) is on display at Wagga Art Gallery until September 24.

WAGGA Art Gallery welcomes a new exhibition by local photographer Joshua Thomas, Points of Contact, opening this weekend in the E3 art space. Points of Contact presents a series of large black and white photographs depicting a distant and unresolved relationship between father and son, and the search for closure and rekindling.

In this exhibition project, Thomas explores the relationship between his father as a fighter and himself as an artist, photographing his sport as their shared communicative bond.

His aim is to document the strong systemically implied values of traditional masculinity that many men abide by within their sport.

This shared concept feeds into impressionable youth who look up to the older male figure, as they might a father, and adopt their values in order to please them.

Joshua Thomas: Points of Contact is open September 16 to 24.

David Green: Revisiting yesterday arriving tomorrow

David Green, Where no keening knell will be heard 2016, indian ink, watercolour on arches paper.

David Green, Where no keening knell will be heard 2016, indian ink, watercolour on arches paper.

WAGGA Art Gallery is proud to present an unprecedented survey of the works of acclaimed artist David Green, in the new exhibition Revisiting yesterday arriving tomorrow.

Curated by Dr Neill Overton, the exhibition reveals the extraordinary creative scope of this pivotal figure in the visual and textile arts of Australia, and his career as a designer, painter, embroiderer, drawer and illustrative artist of sleeping surrealisms.

David Green graduated from the Royal College of Art (United Kingdom) in 1964 and taught at Croydon College of Art and Goldsmiths’ College of Art, before emigrating to Australia in 1978 as Senior Lecturer of Textiles at RMIT in Melbourne.

In 1985, Green moved to Wagga to take up the position of head of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at the now Charles Sturt University, where in 1989 he was appointed the inaugural Professor of Visual Arts. He was appointed Head of Wagga Campus in 2001, and Emeritus Professor in 2011 following his retirement.

Throughout his extensive career Green has held over a dozen solo exhibitions and participated in over 50 group shows nationally and across the globe. His work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Sydney, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, and the Wagga Art Gallery.

Describing his work, Green has said that, “Being an artist is a bit like being a bricklayer, each experience and emotion is a new brick.  Building upwards and outwards, row on row, towards a future merely glimpsed, the foundation is yesterday, the creation is today, the new reality is tomorrow.”

David Green: Revisiting yesterday arriving tomorrow is on display at Wagga Art Gallery until Sunday, December, 3.

The exhibition will be officially launched Friday, September 22 at 6pm by the exhibition curator, Dr Neill Overton.