Wesley Stacey: The wild thing

Living in the ‘great outdoors’ for over 40 years, Wesley Stacey uses photography to explore and connect with the landscape.

Presented as part of CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017, ‘The wild thing’ surveys four decades of Stacey’s immersive views of the Australian ‘wildness’, from lively colour snapshots to epic black-and-white panoramas. MGA’s Senior Curator, Stephen Zagala says, Stacey “bursts through the clichés of landscape photography. He doesn’t give us picturesque scenes to be passively admired. Instead he invests the landscape with a sense of movement, which draws the viewer out into the ecological forces of the environment.”

Wesley Stacey, Burning forest remnant on Monaro, 1981, chromogenic print, 35.5 x 55cm. Monash Gallery of Art Collection, acquired 1983. Courtesy the artist and Monash Gallery of Art (MGA), Melbourne

Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)
Until 28 April, 2017