Modern art at historic Everglades

Historic Everglades will host the modern art exhibition, Mountain Folk - A Geometric View.By Everglades Historic House & Gardens

Get a dose of modern art in an historic setting when Everglades Gallery at Leura hosts Mountain Folk – A Geometric View from February 7 to March 1.

Curated by Billy Gruner and presented by Modern Art Projects (MAP), the exhibition reflects upon two matters.

Firstly: artists, designers and architects etc have long-made distinctions concerning their response to the notion of the sublime in making art, seen either in dynamic (natural) or mathematical (plastic/abstract) terms.

Secondly: the show reflects upon the nature of local contemporary art production today and how a unique circle of contemporary artists will responsively engage with the historical with contemporary ideas.

Standing proud within its own spectacular setting at Everglades House overlooking the Jamison Valley, The Studio Terrace Gallery was reportedly co-designed in 1935 by its Belgian owner Henri Van De Velde and renowned Danish gardener Paul Sorensen.

Conceived as an “outside room”, the functionalist and modernist building with its spectacular formal gardens, terraces and original swimming pool encapsulates an essentially minimal or reductive aesthetic.

The Studio Terrace is described as of significant cubist design by Colleen Morris of Howard Tanner & Phillip Goad (National Trust Quarterly, August 2002).

For this reason an exhibition looking at the geometric in art, its historical relationship in design and critical interpretation today as a defining influence on Australian architecture, visual art and music appears a rational response for the select group of artists invited to celebrate the Studio Terrace’s ongoing cultural value.

Mountain Folk – A Geometric View will be shown at Everglades Gallery, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, 37 Everglades Ave, Leura, from February 7 to March 1.

The official opening will be held from 2pm-4pm February 7, with live performance by The WOW Signal and guest speaker architect Richard Silink. Bookings and details:, or 0431 434 904.


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