Gone Walkabout is a joint exhibition of new works at Marfa Gallery by Mitch Walder and fellow Arts Hole studio member Roger Wilkie, aka Chehehe & Dodgy Paper. The new body of work is a visual documentation from their time as artists-in-residence at QBank Gallery in Queenstown, Tasmania.
The month-long residency along the rugged west coast of Tasmania saw the two Melbourne-based artists document their geological and psychological trekking among the regrowth of the town and natural surroundings at the foot of the glorious Mt. Owen.
Walder used the time to explore and experiment with multiple methods of painting and conceptual pathways. Wilkie combined his two personas in a quest to further develop both practices simultaneously. Both were captivated by the land which greeted them through hikes and journeys with locals. In Roger’s case, literally using samples of the minerals from the land in experimental artworks and paper making. Meanwhile, Walder finding inspiration in the local palette and dialogue around town.
The artists also immersed themselves into community activity as they both hosted a local school class as well as tourists and locals into the space. Walder trained with the local football side on the famous gravel oval as well as joining Wilkie in multiple murals around the town.
The show is opening Friday April 26 at Marfa Gallery, Abbotsford and runs until April 30. Opening Night sponsor is Bodriggy Brewing Co.
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