New York Rambling in the Outback
by Miriam Innes
New York Rambling has mesmerized audiences from Brisbane, New York, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Noosa, Melbourne and now Tambo. The full project, a staggering 27 metres of charcoal drawing is a New York experience, which the artist, Miriam Innes first began to work on in 2018.
An Irish woman, living in Queensland, Miriam Innes has spent most of her life working with charcoal. A medium which many artists have little time for, she likens it to the bog oak she used as a drawing material during her childhood in the west of Ireland. This exhibition draws together selected panels, from the artist’s Internationally acclaimed New York Rambling project, an impressive feat which encompasses dutiful hyperrealism techniques and powerful scale to captivate audiences though an immersive experience.
Working in grayscale tones, Innes takes out the noise and visual assaults of the city, focusing instead on meditative linear details – the crisp lines of the pavement, the geometry of windows in sequence and of fire escape ladders zigzagging across a facade.
An impressive exhibition in the Grassland space, the viewer becomes involved in the detail and depth of the artworks. Five large works span the walls and through this exhibition Miriam invites fresh eyes to bear witness to the wonder and magnitude of the city she’s absorbed with.
Of the selected artworks Miriam Innes says: “The artwork came out of a desire to cultivate an intimate experience and spark escapism. Not everybody has an opportunity to travel to iconic cities, so the concept for New York Rambling came out of a desire to produce an inclusive artwork, that anyone can participate, relate to and appreciate in their own way.”
The opening was attended by fifty people who were captivated by the enormity of the work. And as Miriam herself said she has two talents, drawing and talking and in true Irish form, with her lilting accent, Miriam entertained the gathering with the story of her art career.
To create New York Rambling, Miriam secured a grant from the Logan City Regional Arts Development Fund, and promptly headed overseas to Abu Dhabi, leaving the funders wondering if they would ever see her again. But she eventually returned, installing the exhibition in Logan City Gallery and from there it travelled to New York and now to Tambo.
This exhibition was supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between Blackall-Tambo Regional Council and Arts Queensland. and Public Galleries Queensland.
Former local, Robyn, born and raised on the land, never delved into
art until she attended a workshop in Quilpie in 2020 which ignited her passion for painting! With a love for the enchanting colours of the Australian landscape, Robyn seizes moments and iconic bush scenes during caravan trips to recreate them as pastel artworks.
On display from April – May.
The Grassland Art Gallery is a public exhibition space located centrally in Tambo and is free to visit.
The front façade of the building references a historical shop that occupied this site in earlier times.
The Gallery is the only Council-supported, purpose-built, climate controlled facility within a 300km radius, extending from Longreach to Roma.
The Grassland Art Gallery has a contemporary cool and inviting exhibition area that has a running space of 40 metres. It has a rotating exhibition program of locally produced and curated displays, regional artists and touring exhibitions. The gallery programming is managed by the Tambo Arts Council in a collaboration with the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer.
The Gallery offers a large community workshop and meeting space that is well equipped for a range of events and activities. The Foyer area provides further display space and has a small shop selling artisan products and giftware. It is the cultural hub that also connects and interacts closely with the historical precinct in presenting Tambo’s rich cultural heritage. A relaxing courtyard connects the Gallery and workshop spaces.