Return to Lake Mungo

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Return to Lake Mungo

By Ken Orchard

Exhibition: July 22 to August 7

Residency: July 2 to 30


Noosa Regional Gallery

Friday July 22, 6 pm (opening of exhibition)


Return to Lake Mungo is an exhibition of works on paper, bookworks and photographs inspired by South Australian artist Ken Orchard's field trips to Lake Mungo (far western NSW). Lake Mungo is culturally and geologically significant. Originally part of an extensive freshwater system, now a dry lake bed, it's fossil laden shores have divulged some the of the world's oldest dated DNA evidence of human existence. The semi-arid landscape of Lake Mungo is now dominated by the remains of an enormous 15,000 year old sand dune (or lunette), which has eroded over time to form spectacular sculptural contours.  

The exhibition will feature his major bookwork, Mungo lunette (1997-99) which is more than nine metres in length, as well as new works created during the artist's current residency at Noosa Regional Gallery.


Ken has held more then 20 solo exhibitions since 1987 and his work is held in numerous public and private collections in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. His recent survey exhibition Image as Text - Text as Image received critical acclaim when shown at UTS Gallery, Sydney in 2003 and was selected for exhibition at Artspace Mackay in 2004, as part of the First National Artists' Book Forum. A major work by him forms part of the major exhibition fireworks: tracing the incendiary in Australian Art, currently touring eastern Australia, and he has been selected as a finalist in the forthcoming Waterhouse Prize for Australian Landscape Art, staged by the South Australian Museum, Adelaide.


Winner of the Pedersen Memorial Prize, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (1988), the Fleming Muntz Prize, Albury (2002), and a Jacaranda Acquisition Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery (2005), Ken is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, and BMG Art, Adelaide.


Noosa Regional Gallery

Riverside Pelican St Tewantin

Ph 54495340

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