Previous Exhibition

Ross Booker —
Mapping Location: Ross River, Central Australia

Sep 22 – Oct 7, 2016

About the Artist      

My current art practice is the result of many years spent camping, walking and drawing in central Australia. Walking is pivotal to my experience of the country. As I walk my daily treks, the land takes shape like a map. I also study satellite images of the area before and during my time on location.

The work in this exhibition is site specific to the East MacDonnell Ranges, a couple of hours from Alice Springs. It’s the product of a two-week camp at Ross River in August followed by a couple of weeks in the studio. 

The smaller works were started on camp and finished in the studio. The four-metre long work was made after the trip using a satellite image of the terrain as a template. 

The works are resolved through a visual language that has been built up over years of drawing and observing the country.

The contours of the landscape are a focus in these works; I am mainly concerned with the line and light of the place. Everything starts with the line.

Photography by Wayne Talbot.

Photography: Wayne Talbot

About the Artist

Ross Booker

Ross Booker is a Brisbane based visual artist, working primarily as a landscape painter.

Ross graduated from the Queensland College of Art in the early 80s and started exhibiting regularly in the early 90s. More recently he has been represented by Woolloongabba Art Gallery.

Walking, drawing and camping in central Australia has been a major influence on Ross’s art practice since 2008. 

In 2013, artHIVES published a book on Ross’s work: Out from Alice — painting and drawing in central Australia.

In 2012, Ross won the People’s Choice at the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and 2014, won the Cathedral of Saint Stephens Art Prize (COSSAG). He has also been a finalist in the Lethbridge, Milburn, Broken Hill and Alice Art Prizes.

About the Curator

Beth Jackson

Beth is a curator of contemporary art with over twenty years’ professional experience working in the gallery sector and in the realm of public art, across public and private spheres. Her curatorial consultancy practice Artfully, established in 2012, seeks to embed art meaningfully within social contexts and built environments. For Beth, curating is not simply about having a bird’s eye view of the field, picking ‘winners’ or ‘rising stars’. It is a deliberate investment in process and dialogue between curator and artist, between artists and fellow creatives, fostering living and ongoing conversations, encouraging peer review, collaborations, sharing and problem solving. Involvements include studio visits, camping on locations, sharing informal joint activities, more formal workshop scenarios, and facilitating professional introductions and networks. Side Gallery is an opportunity to have intimate and serious one-on-one conversations with artists for a particular ‘snapshot’ within their practice. Beth has abiding interests in feminism and environmentalism. She produces art criticism for journals such as Eyeline Magazine as well as for exhibition catalogues and other publications.