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For the Love of Trees  


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Gareth Hart, Upwey Musings, 2021, photograph

For the Love of Trees  

4 Dec 2021 - 5 Mar 2022


The forests of the Dandenong Ranges are intimately woven into the threads of our lives, our community. “For the Love of Trees” delves deeply into this myriad of experiences, reminiscences and imaginings. Into the past, present and future of the forest that surrounds us. It is at once an immersive art experience, a curated exhibition and an invitation to participate.

It is an immersive art experience in four parts:

The curated group exhibition at its centre that reflects on our complicated relationship with trees in this country. Through a range of paintings, photography and sculptures the exhibition presents aspects that not only reflect on our appreciation and love for trees but also hints at a destructive relationship in the past and present.

Artists involved: John Anderson, Sue Anderson, Raymond Arnold, Rosalind Atkins, GW Bot, Louis Bulvelot, Tim Cooper, Jason Cordero, Dale Cox, Philip Davey, Glenn England, Brett Ferry, Dianne Fogwell, David Frazer, Siri Hayes, Fiona Hiscock, Hans Heysen, Tim Jones, Chris Lawry, Godfrey Miller, Kendal Murray, Catherine Nelson, Lin Onus, Otto Pareroultja, William Robinson, Kylie Stillman, Mary Tonkin, James Tylor, Victoria Watts.

Christine Wrest-Smith, Ian Westacott, Clifford Dudley Wood.

The Paradise Garden, created by Jordan Sibley, is a hopeful speculation about the future of the Dandenong Ranges forest; this future will see humans living harmoniously with nature, supporting and being supported by the forest. The installation will place the viewer under a canopy of vines that miniature creatures live within, and aims to engage an optimistic discourse about the forest of the future.

'Voices among Trees', the offsite audio installation is a collation of crowd sourced 60 second love letters to the forest that can be heard along Trig Track in Kalorama. 

Evolving forest sculpture, made from the botanical specimen contributions of patrons which will, over the course exhibition, rebuild a forest in the Burrinja Gallery. 

For more information on the exhibition and how to contribute to the participatory programs visit our website: burrinja.org.au

Image credits
Gareth Hart, Upwey Musings, 2021, photograph.
Brett Ferry, We all fall down, acrylic and oil on polycotton, 153 x 137cm, 2019
Tim Cooper, Forest activism - coupe RD016B - takayna 2018, 81.5 x 102

Brett Ferry, We all fall down, acrylic and oil on polycotton, 153x137cm, 2019 copy
Tim Cooper_Forest activism - coupe RD016B - takayna 2018 copy

Gallery Details

Burrinja Gallery
351 Glenfern Road
Upwey VIC 3158
Telephone: 61 3 9754 8723
Email: belong@burrinja.org.au
Website: www.burrinja.org.au

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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.