The Poverty Gully Project

The Poverty Gully Project (The Descent) 2012, HD Video, Sound, Duration 2:45 minutes. Film Credit: Kieran Boland. Post Production Sound and Colour Brie Trenerry

The Poverty Gully Project (The Structure) 2012, HD Video, Sound, Duration 5:00 minutes. Film Credit: Kieran Boland. Post Production Sound and Colour Brie Trenerry

Originally commissioned as part of The Solo Projects at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery Melbourne, this project delivered a radical departure point within the artist's pactice and shifts the process of making away from the studio/gallery and into the landscape, fusing a direct relationship between site, process and outcome.

Garrett spent a number of months trekking in the bushland of central Victoria in search of old diggings from the days of the Gold Rush. The heady mix of history, folk lore, local stories and self discovery made this a compelling project for the artist in search of old mine shafts. Spending a number of months walking the central gold diggings sites, the artist mapped, made site drawings, researched and placed himself in the landscape to discover the work. 

Read the essay POPPET-HEADS, PLATFORMS, AND A DESCENT by Luke Morgan here

Download original exhibition catalogue as a PDF here

Stephen Garrett The Poverty Gully Project 2012, Installation View, Margaret Lawrence Gallery. Photo Credit Andrew Curtis

Stephen Garrett The Poverty Gully Project 2012, Installation View, Margaret Lawrence Gallery. Photo Credit Andrew Curtis

A selection of site photos and film stills from The Poverty Gully Project

 

© Stephen Garrett 2013 all rights reserved

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The Poverty Gully Project was supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria