‘Nature Abstracted’

‘Nature Abstracted’ – Bronwyn Silver


‘Venezia e Lucca’ – Alberto Lo Verso & Andrea Ricceri

Drawings and Etchings

Natural Beauty and Historical Romance

7 May – 22 June 2015

Two new exhibitions commencing 7 May at Falkner Gallery have images derived from local and distant places.

The first, ‘Nature Abstracted’ by BRONWYN SILVER consists of a series of photographs taken with a macro lens in the bushland surrounding Castlemaine. The other, ‘Venezia e Lucca’ by ALBERTO LO VERSO and ANDREA RICCERI is a series of delicate, intimate drawings and etchings of the Italian cities of Venice and Lucca.

Bronwyn Silver is an outstanding photographer and a passionate observer of nature. She has spent countless hours in the early mornings scouring the bushland of her favourite spots in the Fryers Ranges, White Gum gully in Chewton, Kalimna Park and the Walmer South Nature Conservation Reserve. Her discoveries, photographed with amazing detail and clarity, describe one type of the 3000 known lichen species in Australia of Rhizcarpon geographicum, commonly known as map lichen. Her photographs describe how the species, tightly encrusted on rock surfaces, comes in many colours and often has an intricate abstract appearance. Rock surfaces covered with rhizcarpon geographicum have a patchwork likeness that resembles an aerial map.

In addition, Bronwyn has included photographs of moss, bark and leaves. They too are detailed images demonstrating the stunning beauty of our bushlands when viewed at close range.

The second exhibition, by Alberto Lo Verso and Andrea Ricceri, takes the viewer from the Central Victorian bushland on a nostalgic, scenic journey to Italy. Small, sepia sketchbook drawings depict the romantic canals, bridges, and historic palaces and churches of Venice that have inspired artists and travellers for centuries. Wander the narrow streets, venture through the canals on romantic gondolas or bustling vaporettos, climb the numerous stairs and glimpse the fascinating lives of the local Venetians via Lo Verso’s intimate, atmospheric sketches. Accompanying these drawings are etchings by Andrea Ricceri that capture the richness and charm of historic Lucca.

‘Nature Abstracted’ and ‘Venezia e Lucca’ will run until 21 June.

Falkner Gallery will close for the Winter Break 22 June and re-open 23 July.