THE YERING STATION ART GALLERY FEATURES THE WORK OF BOTH ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING ARTISTS IN A SETTING THAT CAPTURES THE SYNERGY BETWEEN FINE WINE AND THE ARTS
Yering Station Art Gallery
Yering Station’s historic winery building (circa 1859) with its rustic charm, high ceilings and white painted, hand-made brick walls, operates as both a tasting room and a contemporary art gallery. Exhibitions are located in the Main Gallery on the ground floor and in the more intimate First Floor Gallery, with exhibitions rotating every four to six weeks.
The Yering Station Art Gallery is committed to exhibiting the work of both established and emerging Australian artists, while the annual Yarra Valley Arts/Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards, which runs from late October through to early December, has a long history of showcasing an outstanding cross section of contemporary Australian sculptural practice.
All commissions from sales associated with Yering Station’s Arts Program are donated to LARCH: The Leukaemia Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Current Exhibition in the Main Gallery 10 January – 25 February
KERRIE WARREN — AUSTRALIAN PANORAMA
The First Hit 2017, Acrylic on Linen, 210 x 670 cm
Exploring Kerrie Warren’s ‘Australian Panorama’ is like taking an extended walk through nature, as there is a point at which superficial preoccupations fall away, a point at which tranquillity descends, a point at which the unfolding landscapes begin to communicate with us directly, and a point at which we know that the experience has quietly come to an end, at least for now. For some viewers however an inherent tension continues. As much as these works may allude to the external world, they nonetheless effect a movement in the opposite direction, drawing viewers into dynamic interior landscapes. The experience is immersive, although one is not immersed from without, but from within.
This sensation of immersion is enhanced by the two immense panoramas that give the exhibition its name and flank the eastern and western walls of the gallery: The First Hit and Up for Rural Review would perhaps all too forcefully dominate the exhibition were it not for Warren’s skilled manipulation of depth, texture and colour. Instead of feeling dominated, viewers feel invited to share in the surging, exploding, arcing, and often radiantly colourful life-forces expressive of the true and often unseen energy of the land. It is as easy to become lost in the intense vitality and marked lyricism of movement as it is to participate in the vast unfolding vision they represent. The viewer dances with the raw dynamism of the land or rests to observe the fireworks that these lyrical canvasses set off.
Like Ian Fairweather and Jackson Pollock, Warren paints standing up and looking down upon the artwork from above. Unencumbered by specifics of location, time and dimension, evocative combinations and distillations of impression, sensation, memory and reflection are synthesised in a process within which spontaneity, intuition, power, balance, extravagance and restraint all play a part. While working within the abstract expressionist tradition, whimsical figurative interventions lap playfully at the edges of several works, providing a sense of fleeting solidity. Rhythmic and undulating, these artistically charged works evoke a state of lively flux, somehow reassuring in their inconstancy, and at once dynamic and at rest.
Bough to Breeze 2018, Acrylic on Linen, Hardwood Stretcher, Hoop Pine Bracing, 163 x 208 cm
Warren was born in Melbourne in 1968. Following on from a transient childhood and family life, she completed a Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy in 1999, a Diploma of Art in Ceramics in 2004 and in 2016 she was awarded the degree of Masters of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. She has exhibited regularly since 2004 and currently works out of Pilgrim Creek Studios in Crossover, West Gippsland.
Current Exhibition in the First Floor Gallery 10 January – 25 February
GIRL IN SHED
Sore Chest, Brave Face, Reclaimed Metal, 59 cm Diameter
‘Girl in Shed’ is an exhibition of sculpture that traces a journey through personal trauma, exploring themes such as loss, emotional pain, loneliness, anxiety, creativity, resolution, and healing towards ultimate freedom. In addition these works go some way toward articulating the degree to which environment and emotion interpenetrate: the land and the tools and materials used to work it becoming intimately connected to ongoing processes of emotional cultivation.
Artist Statement: Two years ago, during a traumatic event in my life, I came to the realisation that I needed to confront, rather than run from, my pain and my jagged emotions. In the act of confrontation that followed, I found my artistic voice and created this series of artworks. As such ‘Girl in Shed’ maps a journey of transformation through various stages: from the initial marital breakup itself, to becoming a single mother, through feelings of failure, betrayal, loneliness and deep anxiety.
These works are raw and vulnerable as each sculpture focuses on a moment or a deep emotion that needed to be felt through in order to complete the healing process. The sculptures are constructed from reclaimed metal sourced from around the Yarra Valley and the Yarra Ranges: from my family farm, the local rubbish tip or from the side of the road. I use texture, colour and fastening methods to add depth to the story being told, while the conjunction of old and new materials enhances emotional impact.
Feel it. The thing that you don’t want to feel. Feel it, and be free.
The Lies, Reclaimed Metal, 57 cm Diameter
Upcoming Exhibition in the Main Gallery from 28 February – 8 April
Yering Station Art Gallery is Currently Accepting Exhibition Proposals for 2019
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Past Exhibitions 2017
Past Exhibitions 2016
Justin Stone 25 February 6 April 2016
For further information please contact Dr Ewen Jarvis / Curator:
T (03) 9730 0102 E email@example.com