Horsham Regional Art Gallery to welcome Polly Borland exhibition

WONKY: Gerard Natividad, Horsham Regional Art Gallery director Adam Harding, Debbie Moar, Halle Brown and Horsham Regional Art Gallery curator Alison Eggleton prepare for the opening of Polly Borland’s photography exhibition tonight. Gerard and Halle will speak at the opening. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

WONKY: Gerard Natividad, Horsham Regional Art Gallery director Adam Harding, Debbie Moar, Halle Brown and Horsham Regional Art Gallery curator Alison Eggleton prepare for the opening of Polly Borland’s photography exhibition tonight. Gerard and Halle will speak at the opening. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

AN EXHIBITION by renowned Australian photographer Polly Borland will open at Horsham Regional Art Gallery on Friday night.

Gallery director Adam Harding said Borland was most famous for her portraits.

“Polly is a world-famous portrait photographer and now with this work she’s taken control of the images she creates,” he said.

“With these she’s made a series of soft sculptures that she’s then photographed.”

The soft sculptures are made from stockings and other soft materials which have been stuffed and arranged in patterns.

“I think Polly’s work is very open to interpretation because of the way she’s been inspired by an object, abstracted it and removed detail,” Mr Harding said.

Borland has previously photographed a wide range of subjects for her portrait work including musician Nick Cave and Queen Elizabeth before her Golden Jubilee.

Friday night's opening will feature students from Horsham College, St Brigid’s College, Murtoa College and Dimboola Memorial Secondary College reading texts inspired by their response to the exhibition.

The students will provide their personal response to Borland’s work through poetry and reading lyrics from popular music.

Mr Harding said the students would work around the themes of love and perfection in their responses.

“It’s an opportunity to see how they respond to the work and open up a space for other people’s response,” he said.

“One of the great things about visiting the art gallery is that no-one is right.”

Borland’s exhibition ‘Wonky’ has just been shown at the Centre of Contemporary Photography in Melbourne.

It will be at Horsham Regional Art Gallery until August 24.

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