Land and Light
Sculpture by Greg Johns and photographs by Michal Kluvanek
When sculptor Greg Johns was asked to choose a 2D artist to exhibit with, he immediately thought of his long-time friend and photographer Michal Kluvanek. His reasoning? The synergy between their work which is based on a shared sensitivity to and connection with the Australian landscape.
Greg and Michal go back a long way. They met at art school in 1975 and shared many a defining moment in those carefree days when life is new and anything is possible. Very early on Greg discovered sculpture and Michal was drawn to photography.
Greg Johns is now an award-winning sculptor with an international reputation. Working in corten steel, wood and stone, his large sculptures have a majestic quality that evoke the spirit of the land. Michal is a dedicated photographer of 40 years, whose work has been widely published, exhibited and held in collections throughout Australia. He is well known for his vision of the Australian landscape, which is reflected by his mantra, “The photographer's work is with the local and the particular. In practice this means I spend time in and with the places where I work.”
In Land and Light, Greg will be exhibiting new sculpture, including selected small table works realised from drawings made over the last five decades. Michal is showing three sequences of photographs: Thebarton (Michal’s immediate neighbourhood); Palmer and Kangaroo Island; and a set of black and white images focussing on the effects of light.
Opening speaker: Christine Nicholls, writer, curator and Senior Lecturer in Australian History at Flinders University
Opening times: 11am-5pm Thursday to Saturday & 1-5pm Sunday