Eurotipodes, 2018, photomontage panorama on chiffon (detail) 140 x 900cm. Photo: Courtesy of Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra

Anna Glynn
Promiscuous Provenance
Sat 10 August – Sun 1 September 2019

Opening Night: Friday 9 August, 6 – 8pm
Public Programs: Artist talks: Saturday 10 August, 11am
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

Promiscuous Provenance is a travelling exhibition from Shoalhaven Regional Gallery Nowra. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Promiscuous Provenance encourages a re-examining of our relationship with our colonial past. Glynn is drawn to the work of the early colonial artists, including John Hunter, the Port Jackson Painter, and George Raper. As artists seeing a new world of flora and fauna for the first time, their works illustrate the strangeness of this encounter; in his journal, Hunter describes the creatures he sees as coming about through ‘a promiscuous intercourse between the different sexes of all these different animals’.

For an artist working in the 21st century, the inability of the colonial artists to see the Australian landscape as it was, but rather to represent their alien surroundings using known forms and animal shapes from Europe, is both beguiling and symbolic; is our identity as Australians built on a strange hybrid history, a ‘Promiscuous Provenance’?

Promiscuous Provenance interrogates the strangeness of the early colonial artists’ first encounters with the Australian landscape. Using a range of different media, artist Anna Glynn populates her own antipodean world with strange hybrid manifestations to invoke curiosity and wonder.

About the Artist

Anna Glynn is an award-winning contemporary Australian artist who draws on a diversified practice that incorporates painting, drawing, moving image, animation, sculpture, installation, writing, music and sound.

Her international reputation has grown through interdisciplinary collaborations of art and science exploring landscape and nature to create site-responsive artworks examining the amplified response that a physical engagement with the natural environment has the power to evoke. She has been commissioned in 2018 to collaborate on ‘Art, Ecology & Science Project’ in USA and Sweden as well as the Art of Threatened Species Project in Australia.

In her exhibition Promiscuous Provenance which tours 2018 – 2021 she indulges her perpetual curiosity to lead her back in time to an intersection of worlds by re-interpreting images of the Australian colonial painters. These artworks express a nostalgia for an antipodean wonderland before the imprint of colonization was stamped over the landscape and its inhabitants – a world of fantasia, a place on the cusp of reality and imagination, populated by bizarre reimagined hybrid characters and featuring strange natural history tableaux. Promiscuous Provenance has been awarded a major grant from the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program ($75,502), towards the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery national tour the solo exhibition, taking the work to a regional and national audience through to 2021 – 10 galleries across QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC and SA.

Opening night

Friday 9 August, 6 – 8pm
Join us for the opening night of Anna Glynn’s exhibition Promiscuous Provenance. This is an opportunity to meet the artist, enjoy a glass of wine and dive into lively conversation with fellow art-lovers.

Public Programs

Artist talks – Sat 10 August, 11:00am
Join artist, Anna Glynn as she discusses her exhibition, Promiscuous Provenance and shares insight into the exhibition theme and stories behind creating this body of work. This is also a great opportunity for the public to hear about Anna Glynn’s practices more broadly.

Long table dinner – Sat 24 August, 7:00pm
Join us at the Bas for a three course meal that encourages audiences to engage in a new way with the upcoming exhibition, Promiscuous Provenance by artist Anna Glynn.
Experienced theatre performer Anne-Louise Rentell will host an exclusive dinner at the gallery that combines theatrical performance, a social meal and the opportunity to view the exhibition with fresh eyes. Participants are transported to a not-quite colonial world and asked to join in the fun. Anne-Louise will be joined by Eurobodalla Aboriginal Elder Trish Ellis.

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The Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre recognises Aboriginal people as the original inhabitants and custodians of all land and water in the Eurobodalla and respects their enduring cultural and spiritual connection to it. The Bas acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land in which we live and pays respect to Elders past, present and future.