‘The Ghost House’ was first exhibited in Liam Garstang’s solo show ‘The Shepherd’s Crook‘ in June 2018. It is one of three large drypoint prints that present hazy landscapes that seem to blur the distinction between horizon, farmland, cloud and fog. The artist’s labour-intensive printing process is evident in the painterly marks of this landscape, interrupted only by the stark silhouette of a seemingly-abandoned house. This house represents a rich a colourful past for Garstang as well as a spectral present as it falls into disrepair.
[The] work is entwined in hallucinatory narratives and formal devices that belong both to art’s histories and contemporary psychosocial divisions of rural and urban life. The semi-biographical characters of shepherd, crow, scarecrow, trickster, and hooded boy-man wrap us in generational, collective, and geographical aspects of the everyday and yet, they also induce slippages into other worlds where heritage and times converge. – Jan Guy
Garstang’s practice crosses sculpture, video, installation, ceramics and printmaking, through which he explores the psychological meeting points between generational rituals and connection to place. Garstang was awarded the Macquarie Group Emerging Art Prize in 2017 and was also the recipient of the Artist in Residence Award at Megalo Print Studios and the Artist in Residence at OBRAS Centre for Arts and Science in Portugal. He has been curated into exhibitions at Delmar Gallery, the 3rd International Experimental Engraving Biennale and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.
For this exhibition, Liam Garstang recorded a video interview in the gallery with George Popov, which you can view below: