Renowned architectural photographer John Gollings has captured the devastation from Victoria’s Black Saturday and is exhibiting the dramatic visuals, for the first time, in WILLOW’s Melbourne GPO boutique.
In staying true to its nature of fusing art & fashion, over the next three months the WILLOW boutique will showcase Gollings’ never before seen works entitled ‘Burnt Landscape’, which explores the aftermath of the Victorian Black Saturday firestorm in 2009.
“This will be my first public show for over twenty years but the WILLOW showroom had the same sort of creative ambience without the self consciousness of an art gallery”, said Gollings.
While flying above the burnt path from the Victorian firestorm, John saw another dimension in the aftermath, a forest re-composed to arid dots and strokes, the exposed tracks and roads of man’s intrusion and an uncanny acknowledgement of the prescience of Aboriginal landscape painting, an aerial mapping of narrative and myth.
With an objective view from a helicopter, he avoids intrusion into the personal tragedies that often parallel these events. His interest and awe is with nature’s power and dark beauty through these unrelenting events.
WILLOW Founder and Creative Director, Kit Willow, is thrilled to be showcasing the works of John Gollings in her recently opened boutique in Melbourne’s GPO.
“These works are a very abstract yet real depiction of the devastation that the Victorian bushfires left. John Gollings is an incredibly talented photographer and I feel very privy to be able to exhibit these photographs, that are so relevant to the people of Melbourne, in our GPO boutique,” said Willow.
John’s profoundly deep and unique view of a transitory landscape is surely one of the most beautiful interpretations of earth’s duality – the simultaneous destruction and rebirth of our land.
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