Western Current presents a backdrop to our unique Western Australian experience living on the edge of the Indian Ocean. The paintings in the exhibition present a coastal gothic narrative, depicting storylines which emphasise a sense of isolation and foreboding. Mere glimpses of the sea and sky in some works are enough to convey an uneasy sense of distance between us and the rest of the world.

The outlook here differs from other more well know ‘west coasts’ that have become embedded clichés in pop culture – Ibiza, Malibu, Acapulco – all iconic states of bliss promoting hedonism, youth and luxurious retreat. Alternatively, Western Current focuses on several artists’ responses to an undercurrent and history we compensate for in WA.


Robert Cleworth
Di Cubitt
Michael Doherty
Ben Joel
Moira de la Hunty
Gina Moore
Wade Taylor
Paul Uhlmann

Curated by Ron Nyizstor

Western Current is part of UNDERCURRENT 19, this year’s Fremantle Biennale. The Biennale presents the best in site-responsive art. FAC is pleased to be one of many venues playing host to invited Australian and international artists responding to the history, landscape and communities that make up the rich tapestry of Fremantle.

Following the overwhelming success of the inaugural Biennale HIGH TIDE 17, the event returns with UNDERCURRENT 19 from 1–24 November. UNDERCURRENT 19 is the guiding thematic premise of this year’s program – a flow of water that moves below the surface of the ocean or a river.

Visit fremantlebiennale.com.au for the full program.

Fremantle Biennale