‘The divine’ was exhibited in Liam Garstang’s solo show ‘The Shepherd’s Crook‘ in June 2018. ‘The Shepherd’s Crook’ displayed new works by Garstang that sought to harness a spontaneous and emotional response to ‘place’. Using night vision videography and a first person point of view, Garstang is led by a dowsing stick used for water divining. This ancient practice involves holding sticks that lead you across the land and move in response to hidden water. His works often combine the preternatural rituals of rural farming and unsettling techniques from the horror film genre to achieve evocative night works.
Liam Garstang’s practice transforms the familiar rituals and psychogeography of rural NSW into expressive, uncanny recollections, using mediums as various as night-vision video works, sculpture, installation and printmaking. He has held solo exhibitions at Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Cassa da Zorra in Portugal and Megalo Print Studios + Gallery in Canberra. He has been selected as a finalist in the Pro Hart Outback Art Prize and The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists’ Travel Scholarship. Notably, Garstang was selected as the winner of the prestigious Macquarie Group Emerging Art Prize in 2017.
For this exhibition, Liam Garstang recorded a video interview in the gallery with George Popov, which you can view below: