8 April - 5 June 2005
In this exhibition of work from The University of Western Australia Art Collection, the arid physical environment of Australia is visualised as tainted by the impact of progress.
Accompanying narratives that extol exploration and development as essential and heroic endeavour, represent the mythologising of progress.
Sidney Nolan's paintings of explorers, including Perished (1949), reflect upon the futile obsession, and the incongruous status, that is attached to the pursuit of exploration. Like the desert landscapes they attempt to cross, failed yet heroic explorers, occupy an ambiguous place in the psyche that parallel's Australia's relationship with progress.