Image credit: Mandy Martin, APM Rain, Steam & Speed, 1990, oil on linen, 100 x 244.2 cm, Cbus Collection of Australian Art.
WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS
Selected works from the collection by Mandy Martin
13 July to 13 October 2019
Many of Mandy Martin’s paintings have been concerned with the relationship between technology and nature. She is both appalled and fascinated by the immense structures that stretch across the landscape. Martin’s paintings are an enquiry on progress, destruction and the effect of human activity on the human environment. Mandy Martin has stood where artist Ethel Spowers stood in 1933 to depict ‘the works’ at Yallourn.
Steam and smoke suggest energy, power and movement and often appear in Martin’s paintings as empirical evidence; in Martin’s paintings you can always tell which way the wind blows. Unlike Spowers however who was depicting optimism and a belief in progress, Martin expresses doubt and uncertainty about the future.
From 1990 to 2007, Cbus Superannuation Fund invested approximately $2 million on acquiring approximately 300 Aboriginal, colonial and representative artworks of the twentieth century, as advised by Dr Joseph Brown to create a comprehensive collection of Australian Art. The collection is managed by Latrobe Regional Gallery and artworks are loaned to many other regional galleries across Victoria and Tasmania, making this important collection accessible to members of the Fund and to the general public.