Artists Debbie Symons and Jasmine Targett are presenting environmentally challenging work at Latrobe Regional Gallery for Art + Climate = Change 2015.
The Politics of Perception exhibits works by artists Symons and Targett that map critical issues surrounding our environment; poetically and potently charting landmarks of anthropocentric disaster that cannot be found on any atlas or world map. This body of work raises critical issues surrounding the subtleties and complexities associated with humanity and its relationship to environmental change.
Latrobe is Victoria’s largest electricity supplier and is home to a substantial forestry industry. The juxtaposition of exhibiting works that communicate deforestation, ozone hole depletion and species loss in this region is a conscious move on the part of the artists. They endeavour to raise awareness, create discourse and reflect on industry impacts. This exhibition is supported as part of ClimArte’s state-wide artist festival Art+Climate=Change 2015.
“We are particularly pleased that Latrobe Regional Gallery is participating in Art+Climate=Change 2015. As a key region in our nation’s agricultural, energy, and tourism sectors, it is vitally important that the communities of the Latrobe Valley have the opportunity to consider and participate in the very important questions that have fallen upon our generation to answer.” – Guy Abrahams CEO and Co-founder of CLIMARTE: Arts for a Safe Climate.
“The works in this exhibition are ‘of our’ time because of the depth of connectedness that they implore. Grounded in personal concerns about global warming and endangered species, they demonstrate more than an environmental theory alone.” -Dr David Sequeira, Director Latrobe R.G
“We are thrilled to see the culmination of this significant body of work presented within the context of the exhibition and festival. Jasmine’s work was created with the support of an Australia Council Grant. It is fantastic that the importance of the issues raised are being supported at a national level and within the regional sector.” -Artists Debbie Symons + Jasmine Targett
The Artists – Melbourne based artists/researchers Symons and Targett have worked closely with one another for some years, producing four award-winning bodies of work. Their practices are sustained by significant research with scientists and environmental data organisations.
Friday 27 March from 6pm – 8pm, runs till the 24th May 2015
Latrobe Regional Gallery
138 Commercial Road, Morwell VIC 3840