Controversial art delivers its message

Art works well when it generates emotion and debate! That's exactly what the art and the gallery is doing on the Four Elements art trail.

Gallery director Gordon Morrison has consistently presented art in ways that are vibrant and full of contemporary meaning ('Trouble on the art trail', 26/11). It would be incorrect to accuse the gallery of being one-sided in exploring hot topics. Remember the 2009 exhibition 'Reclaiming: artists responses to Lexton and the land'?

These paintings by local artists were a visual case 'for' and 'against' wind turbines on Victoria's volcanic plains and vistas so beautifully captured by Von Guerard and others.

The gallery presents art in a way that still allows those works - even "old" works of art - to speak to us today. Whatever our response, the fact that a response is triggered is testament to the intentions of the artist, the strength of the gallery's collection and the imagination of the curator.

Sari Baird



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