Polly Stanton: UNDERCURRENTS - Art Collector

Courtesy: the artist and MARS Gallery, Windsor
  The Kiewa Hydroelectric scheme has remained hidden under the Australian Alps for 78 years since it’s inception. Below the mountainside it has continued to funnel the snowmelt and divert waterways into churning, underground turbines and through long steal pipes that carve a bright cylindrical path through alpine forest. This confluence of industry and the natural world strikes both a visual and aural moment of contrast — a juncture of environment and human endeavour that exists largely unseen and unheard.

Undercurrents is a moving image and surround sound work that traces the pathway of water as it travels through the distinct sites of the scheme, creating an audio-visual mapping that documents changes of place and time over a 12 hour day ­— from the first moments of the dawn ice-melt, to the last stages of dusk as the current is halted by the dark water of Junction Dam. Shifting and observational, the work presents a cinematic gesture of landscape that is at once ephemeral and stark.

Undercurrents was created during a supported residency at The Bogong Centre for Sound Culture.


Opens: 6-8pm Thursday 5 March 2015
Exhibition closes: 29 March 2015
Location: Mars Gallery, 7 James Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Contact: 03 9521 7517
Email: andy@marsgallery.com.au


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