BOTH SIDES OF THE FENCE > Robert Bleyerveen
Explore the symbolism of our first fence erected locally at Emu Bank around 1825.
Bleyerveen responds with reflective contemplation to contextualise both sides of the fence with changing perspectives and attitudes.
Robert Bleyerveen @Robsuite is a Belconnen based visual artist, his contemplative abstract paintings are authentic explorations into human interaction with our environment.
“They’re essentially landscapes with a strong human element and narrative”.
Many of his works explore this intimate engagement, wherein the artist gathers small fragments of life, to reinstate meaning and merge our stories and histories together. It draws on his ancestral connections to Ginninderra, with our growing Indigenous understandings, to help make these more visible, tangible and contemporary.
His works have been seen widely and installed into public spaces. His work Winyu Sun, is used to help cultivate an inclusive community and develop connections to place which resonate with the contemporary architecture of Winyu House Gungahlin. This helps to provide a strong sense of harmony with the surrounding urban and natural environment of native grasslands, woodlands and wetlands reflecting ancient Ngunnawal Culture.
Robert Bleyerveen commenced studies in Painting at Canberra School of Art in 1980. He held his first solo show at the Artist Collective, Bitumen River Gallery in 1983, followed by many solo and group exhibitions. His work is reviewed in respected published critiques.
Emu Bank (current site of the Belconnen Arts Centre)
“About 1825 (Convict) Thomas Jones saw the Limestone Plains for the first time. He and his mate were employed building huts for the settlers and he claimed to be the first man to erect a fence on the Ginninderra Estate. This was the first fence erected in County Murray; and when we went to Emu Bank in 1858 it was in perfect state of preservation despite the thirty-three years since its erection. It was a three railed fence and passed within 300 yards of our house”
Autobiography Samuel Shumack ANU Press 1967
We have a rich history in this place, numerous Indigenous Tribes camped and celebrated nearby, Pioneer and Convict or Bushranger shared this once harsh and isolated area. The exhibition explores the symbolism of our first fence erected locally at Emu Bank around 1825. Bleyerveen responds with reflective contemplation to contextualise both sides of the fence with changing perspectives and attitudes. In respecting our growing indigenous understandings gained over generations, Robert engages with historical and contemporary conversations on cultural identity. His paintings use abstraction to merge our stories and histories together, resonating with our unique natural environment to celebrate our connections to place and relationship with each other in our community.
In Residence > Robert will be sitting with the exhibition on Saturdays 11, 18 and 25 March 2017.