At BRAG: Season One: Terrestrial

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) announces the launch of our inaugural Seasons program, with Season One: Terrestrial.

4 May – 23 June 2024

Opening Friday 3 May, 6pm

Main Gallery // A land for the living + Sara Morawetz: Étalon

KADIST Screening space // Pratchaya Phinthong

Foyer Gallery // There is no lead mine here

OUT THERE DIGITAL PLATFORMS // Aaron McGarry, Shonah Trescott, Osvaldo Budet

A world of wonder, magic, and leaps of imagination may be just what it takes to understand the past and reimagine the future. Artists of Season One: Terrestrial explore the terrestrial plane of our planet through the lenses of history, consumer culture, science fiction and fabulism, taking us on a larger-than-life journey through familiar and unfamiliar landscapes. Time fades as we are silenced for a moment to ponder, what do we know about our natural world and how is it that we came to know it?

What might at first seem like wild conceits, artists in this season, across multiple exhibitions present the land back to us reimagined.

Season One: Terrestrial is part of the 2024-25 Seasons program, seeking to connect the artists and regional experiences so often on the frontlines of climate, economic, and political change, showing us the inherent interdependence of our physical ecosystems and that we in turn are not only interconnected but that our future is inescapably and powerfully collective.

Trace the steps of 18th century French astronomers and philosophies of science in Sara Morawetz’s solo odyssey Étalon. In A land for the living, travel to alienesque soy laboratories offered by Lismore based Betty Russ where conscious and clairvoyant plants tell us where we are headed; passing through Soil Fields of Victoria Pham to listen to worlds unheard, drawing inspiration from scientific research regarding drought management, and environmental and geological surveys of Bathurst, blending projection, sound, and bio-installation to offer an immersive, fantasy landscape.

Glimpse dystopic capitalist realities presented by Indigenous media group Karrabing Collective, while we mourn the melt of glacial ice and observe the release of their ancient memories in an installation by Janet Laurence including work made during her AAD Fellowship at Casey Station, Antarctica and via Pratchaya Phinthong, travel across seas to Laos, the most bombed country on the planet, to feel the scars that remain in the forests which protect against future violence.

Group exhibition There is no lead mine here grounds us in a contemporary context exploring the intersections of nature, economics, and communities.

On the OUT THERE BATHURST digital platforms, follow Aaron McGarry’s fantastical creatures through a portal and into the age of the 6th mass extinction and explore another future presented by Shonah Trescott and Osvaldo Budet that delves into a radical imaginary realm set at the culmination of the fossil fuel era, where the last coal train embarks on its poignant journey hauling the last payload of coal.

Accompanying these exhibitions is a suite of public programs exploring the site-specific social-ecological terrains of Central Western NSW.

Image: Exhibition view, Betty Russ, A Leakage of Wholes, 2023, found organic objects, PVC, tubing, reusable cable ties, steel, soy-silk, chlorophyll, H2O, sound. Firstdraft, Eora. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Jessica Maurer