Opening Sunday, 28 January to Friday, 2 March 2007
Listening to the Land: Works on Paper by Brendon Darby
Reception with the Artist : Sunday, 28 January 2007, 4 – 6 pm
In his first American gallery show, Australian landscape artist Brendon Darby presents “Listening to the Land,” a group of oil and acrylic paintings and charcoal drawings based on his acclaimed public exhibition, “Listening to Paintings,” a series of large-scale paintings accompanied by his own musical score. The Booker•Lowe Gallery exhibition includes twenty works illustrating the lush, textural landscapes of the vast and diverse Australian terrain. The framed oil-on-acrylic paintings are on 300lb Saunders Waterford paper, and are accompanied by a hardwood box containing the DVD/CD package and book of “Listening to Paintings.” The framed charcoal drawings, on 90lb Saunders Waterford paper, are also accompanied by a DVD/CD package and booklet.
Darby, a painter and musician from Perth, Western Australia, first envisioned “Listening to Paintings” while he was giving an outdoor performance in his hometown a quarter-century ago. Recognizing the connection between the sights and sounds of Australia’s extraordinary landscapes, he began recording ambient sounds as he traveled, and then composed music appropriate to the scenes he was painting. As he developed both as an artist and musician, he continued to explore the concept.
Darby began concentrating on the series in 1997, first completing “Listening to Kakadu,” which earned him international recognition. He then expanded the concept to include ten different areas of Australia, and completed “Listening to Paintings” in 2006. He will introduce the group of ten paintings, each six feet by almost ten feet, and the complementary musical score, at a benefit for The Nature Conservancy at New York’s Museum of Natural History on Thursday, 16 January 2007. The “Listening to Paintings” exhibition then travels to Houston, where it will be displayed at the JP Morgan Chase Bank Building, 707 Travis Street, Monday, 22 January – Friday, 26 January 2007. The exhibition is open to the public, 9 am – 5 pm, and is free of charge.
Booker•Lowe Gallery is pleased to welcome Brendon Darby to Texas, for his first American solo show, “Listening to the Land”!
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