WA now – Gregory Pryor: Looking glass
Art Gallery of Western Australia
School of Arts and Humanities / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications
For his WA Now project, Gregory Pryor undertook a field trip to the region of the tragic Esperance bush fires of 2015. By setting himself in amongst the charcoal remains of the devastated terrain and taking a series of 360-degree photographic notations, Pryor formulated the idea for his panoramic work and its overwhelming immersive quality. Similar to the bush’s capacity to regenerate after fire, Looking Glass in some ways can be seen as a reassembled landscape, articulated on 1585 sheets of paper.
Pryor has worked with a team of student assistants to populate each sheet with a broad vocabulary of manual marks, first working the paper in veils of watercolour, before adding the fugitive and friable layers of charcoal. Finally, thousands of small glass beads are added into this matrix of wet and dry media, contributing a reflective element to the porous and absorbent black.
This new body of work aims to involve viewers in a profoundly moving encounter with one of the oldest exposed land masses on earth.
Exhibited from September 1 2017 to January 15 2018.
Curated by Jenepher Duncan.