Makeshift is a collaborative exhibition of two artists' experience of making paintings and being in the bush.
Cam finds similarities between walking with his dog and the process of making a painting. He gets lost; the path is convoluted and confusing, following animal tracks that lead to dead ends. Great intentions are forgotten to the smallest of distractions. Wandering around and following your nose is the good stuff, it's important for Cam to let the paintings wander as well.
Margaret however looks for containment in the painting process. In her exploration of the natural landscape, she looks for structure: tents are a symbol of this. They are a focal point of which to return after being lost. They also say something figurative about our sense of place and need to belong.
What brings these two practices together is the shared interest in the landscape as a starting point, or a base, a place in which to let the paintings begin from. The painting itself is the end point, and the marks made are reaction to the landscape, and to the act of painting itself.
Opening Night: Fri 15 Dec / 6 - 9pm
Exhibition dates : Wed 13 Dec - Fri 22 Dec
Image: Margaret McIntosh, Best Laid Plan, Oil on board, 45 x 55 cm.