Bill Moseley: A Lake, a Forest and the Dark Voice of the Sea

9 December 2019 – 9 February 2020

Whether working from his studio in Hill End, NSW or in more distant locations, Bill Moseley’s work has long been informed by historical contexts and early photographic techniques.

This exhibition presents dark and romantic ambrotypes and video works in which Moseley boldly reckons with the force of nature in an encounter with the ocean and dream-like distant islands.

In February 2019 he embarked on a ten-day journey, sailing from Hobart to Sydney aboard the historic brigantine ‘Soren Larsen’. Working with old and new technologies – ambrotypes and digital film – Moseley brings together two distinctly different periods to offer a new vision of the sublime.

Understood today as the sensation of nature at its most grand and awe inspiring, the sublime has fascinated artists throughout the history of art, most notably J.M.W Turner (1775 – 1851) and Caspar David Friedrich (1774 – 1840).

Tapping into the powerful metaphor of the man and the sea, A Lake, a Forest and the Dark Voice of the Sea is a self-reflective look into the human condition.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

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Bill Moseley, ‘Between two worlds’, ambrotype, 40 x 60 cm