David Cragg's new exhibition provides an opportunity for reflection and exploration into the effects humans have on the Australian Country. Through contrasting sweeping landscapes of Australian bush with varied industrial elements, Cragg places himself into the role of a reconnoitre, overlooking the humanistic impact on the dwindling fringes of native flora and fauna.
Ferals will include sculptural reliefs crafted from found Australian Forestry form-ply, as well as works on canvas. Materiality, then, plays a significant role in Cragg's work, where the salvaged items themselves become a critique of human intervention as they form a new home and meaning. Here, the inclusion of found material enables Cragg to invert the process of destruction, in which discarded remnants of human-damage are repurposed into artwork.
David Cragg is multidisciplinary artist of Irish, Scottish and Bundjalung ancestry, working in Dharawhal Country (Illawarra Region of NSW, Australia) He is a muralist, fine artist, designer, writer, builder, sculptor, photographer and youth/ disability community worker. He has exhibited work, painted large scale murals, curated public art installations, performed live art, and delivered art-making workshops and mentorship across Australia.
Clients and Collaborations include City of Sydney, Brookfield, Ambush Gallery, Westfield, GPT Group, Wollongong Central, ACT City Services, Darling Quarter, Wiltshire and Dimas, HiPages, Liberty Place and The Wintergarden.
Since our beginnings, Backwoods has always fostered local and young artists. As we move into the future, Backwoods Forewoods aims to stay true to this ethos, fostering relationships with the next generation of up and coming Australian artists. Through this program, Backwoods Forewoods will spotlight young and local talent through a series of weekend exhibitions designed to support and promote our favourite emerging artists.
Curated by Tom Groves
Backwoods Forewoods is supported by our good friends at Bodriggy Brewing Co.