Eden Unearthed is an art exhibition that straddles both installation and land art, and response to landscape. Set on the grounds of Eden Gardens in North Ryde, Eden Unearthed showcases a range of art installations by Australian professional and student artists that explore the relationship between man and nature.
Described by Alann Giddy, Director of the Environmental Research Initiative for Art (ERIA) UNSW Art & Design, as, “the first significantly funded exhibition of temporal artworks in Australia”, Eden Unearthed “lives up to the best of contemporary art in the garden”. Comprised of an eclectic mix of inspired works from many genres; interactive sound and light, photographic, poetic, botanical, political, wearable and magic realism, Eden Unearthed reimagines gardens, their possibilities, and the way we see plants.
A fabulous range of works will challenge the way you think about water, the environment, our cultural heritage and our sense of place. Exhibition artists, including Ainslie Murray, Trevor Weekes, Atanas Djonov, Sophie Clague, Jonathon Bolitho, Natalie Ryan, Marina De Bris, Selina Springett and Alessandro Berini, will be creating everything from tree houses to woven works, from huge dioramas to miniature worlds and storytelling audio pieces. The sky’s the limit as nature is rediscovered in this magical setting with 30 installations.
Graham Forsyth, Associate Dean of UNSW Art and Design, who collaborated with this project and was on the judging panel, reflected, “Eden Unearthed lives up to the best of contemporary art in the garden. The works, often beautiful, sometimes whimsical, and always enchanting and stimulating, engage with Eden Gardens’ rich resources of spaces, nooks, cliffs and ‘rooms’, using plinths made from trees, rocks, walls and water. The flow is both ways, the gardens and spaces allow the works of art to be enlivened and made rich with meaning, while the works support an idea of the garden as green, living, fluid and complex.”
Visit Eden Unearthed and rediscover the power of collaboration between man and landscape.
Open now, Eden Unearthed will run through to mid-March 2017. A catalogue of included works is available for purchase, with proceeds going to Eden’s chosen charity, Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets. Entry is free.
For further information visit www.edengardens.com.au
Images (2-5): Sample of works from Eden Unearthed; House for a Lost Tree, Ainslee Murray; House for a Lost Tree, Ainslee Murray; Align Design, Lidcombe TAFE.