|How Yesterday Remembers Tomorrow exhibition opening night at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, including Ms&Mr’s installation, Frame Drag 1988/2009/2024 (front) and Tony Schwensen’s Attempting to approach fanaticism-Red Sox (back).|
How Yesterday Remembers Tomorrow opened last Friday night to much success at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, part of the new Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. The Centre, which opened on 17 November 2012, joins the growing network of regional art galleries in NSW and will feature quality curated, local, regional and national touring exhibitions in addition to educational programs for the community.
Officially opened by Dr Blair French, Executive Director, Artspace with Paul Brinkman, Director of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, How Yesterday Remembers Tomorrow was well received by the diverse audience in attendance on the night - from toddlers to seniors and all in between. In positioning the exhibition within this new space, Artspace and How Yesterday Remembers Tomorrow curator, Mark Feary makes a poignant reflection upon how an art practice shifts and changes over time.
Featuring work by six contemporary Australian artists and artist partnerships who are past recipients of the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship for emerging artists, the exhibition presents early works alongside more recent projects and includes work by Lauren Brincat, Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Todd McMillan, Ms&Mr, Tony Schwensen and Sam Smith.
The exhibition highlights how artists’ practices develop over time through sustained research, experimentation and refinement - a theme particularly relevant to the large population of emerging and established artists the Mountains boasts.
Accompanying the exhibition is Close to Home, curated by the Centre’s Rilka Oakley, which showcases the work of contemporary artists residing in the Blue Mountains region, working in a variety of media including digital animation and embroidery.
How Yesterday Remembers Tomorrow is on at the Blue Mountains City Gallery until 17 March from where it will tour to its final venue, Redland Art Gallery in Cleveland, QLD from 10 April.