Chris Bell

Contours of Tasmania – Summer Exhibition

Group exhbition with works by Tasmanian artists Peter Dombrovskis, Michael Weitnauer, Rob Blakers, Chris Bell, Jenny Burnett, Simon Olding, Barbara Tassell, Julie Stoneman, Fyona Storer, Kelly Gerdes, Deborah Wace and Loic Le Guilly.

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Photography and Wilderness – Talk by Chris Bell – POSTPONED

Photography and Wilderness

Chris will discuss the two issues he is most passionate about (and which are deeply entwined in Tasmania): photography and wilderness.

He will discuss how photography has raised our awareness of the natural world and in so doing has played an enormous role in saving both the places that matter and the creatures that live in them.  In particular photography has played a significant role in saving wilderness – the apex of our physical landscapes.

Despite the current debate about the veracity of wilderness, wilderness is real, definable, defendable as a concept, and locatable.  In light of the dismissive claims about wilderness in the current discourse – to say nothing of the threats – Chris will largely concentrate on this subject in the talk.

Beauty: The Last Sinew – Exhibition by Chris Bell

“Our ability to perceive quality in Nature begins, as in art, with the pretty.  It expands through successive layers of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language”

Aldo Leopold

3.-Rock-detailFor the natural world it is last call!   Every day we are closer to the point where our Earth cannot recover from our abuse. Through increasing urbanization we are becoming increasingly estranged from the natural world, un-engaged with the processes that sustain us.  Through our relentless pursuit of self-interest we have largely severed the links we once had with our living Earth.  If we cannot recover these links there is no future for humans.

My photography has always been about the beauty of the natural world and how it can uplift us. Enchant us.  Restore us. The natural world ( in particular our landscapes ) partly define who we are as a culture; without it our lives are diminished; we all lose something.  A country devoid of its natural landscapes is reduced to nothing more than soil; it is a country with an uninspiring, imprisoned future.

Despite the inroads of the modern world and our collective self-interested behavior, I believe beauty is a crucial value in itself.  In our modern dysfunctional world the capacity to perceive and convey beauty may be one of the last sinews that enables us to connect with the living world – however superficial that connection may be.  Beauty can enable us to uncover the deeper values “uncaptured by language”.  What future a world without beauty?

This exhibition showcases the more intimate aspects of the natural world that I am now pursuing.

Opening at 6pm on Friday 27 March 2015

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