Brisbane City Council has produced a showcase of contemporary Australian art in Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens, as part of the Commonwealth Games Event City Festival 2018 celebrations.
Image © Kerrie Poliness,
Field Drawing #1, courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.
Something transformative is happening to Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens this autumn – an open air gallery and exhibition featuring participatory artworks, dramatic projections, interactive installations and more. Botanica
, large-scale outdoor art exhibition, is part of the broader cultural program created around the Gold Coast 2018
Commonwealth Games. Opening on 6
April and closing on 15
April, the exhibition overlays contemporary thinking with the gardens’ familiar landscapes. Presented by Festival 2018
, produced by Brisbane City Council, and supported by the Queensland Government, Botanica
national and local contemporary artists, each of whom has responded to an area of the gardens from which they take inspiration. This monumental endeavor will bring modern art to life in a timeless setting, allowing audiences to connect with nature and inviting them to interact with and comment on the art works.
EXPLORE AND CONNECT WITH BRISBANE’S CITY BOTANIC GARDENS
Image Artist Kerrie Poliness. Supplied.
A temporary artwork, Field Drawing number #1
is constructed from geometric lines on grass made using a sports line marking machine. The public is invited to view artist Kerrie Poliness as she draws the large-scale artwork between 1
pm on Wednesday 4
April on Soundshell Hill in Brisbane’s Botanic gardens.
The work is a set of instructions that describe how to make the drawing. The instructions have been designed to be used by people other than myself; park caretakers, gardeners – anybody who is interested, really,’ Poliness said. Poliness explained that the geometry of the work is such that there is a pattern involved, but no measuring.
So every time the work is made it changes in scale and orientation depending on the site and that is determined by the people that make it. It also changes in terms of its internal dynamics because the people who are making it decide how to steer it and can change not the pattern but the dynamics of the geometry. As the work is made, it
describes a process of things that interconnect – things that are supposedly natural and things that are supposedly unnatural,’ Poliness said.