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My mum was a Geologist and my dad was a Botanist, so growing up I was always being dragged across the country to hunt for fossils, to hammer some granite, or find a plant I didn't much care for at the time, or "just to be out in the wind". My mum was always saying how nothing made you feel more alive than being out in the wind. The lands where nothing could stop the wind were always my favourite, the windier the better, the places with nothing on the horizon. Big empty fields of granite and golden grasses. My whole childhood was spent like this; every spare moment spent driving, hiking, scrambling and battling through the Australian landscape. I kept this up, even without my parents until I moved to the city for university, where all the opportunities of civilisation are. The greatest thing the city gave me, was an appreciation for the things it could not offer; the light, space, wind, weight and fury of nature. The Australia I grew up in was harsh and elemental. It's huge expanses are the greatest adventure; both overwhelming and comforting, freeing and foreboding, you spend a day in the outback or the highlands or the wheat belt and you realise just how small you are. My work aims to capture the dichotomy of these grand open spaces, and our small space in it. 


Kane Trubenbacher (b.1991) grew up in the expansive, powerful landscapes of rural Australia, with much of his youth spent driving the long distances from town to home. It is here that he first became awe struck by the unencumbered space, and harsh power of the natural environment, which would come to inform his artistic practice for years to come. Equally influenced by land art, minimalism and the light and space movement, he wishes to showcase the desolation and space of the Australian landscape, and invite viewers to reconsider their spatial and temporal relationship with the natural environment. Not through presenting landscapes in the traditional sense, but by subverting them to their most elemental representations, or by allowing the earth to be catalyst for work in the field.

 

Kane has shown both regionally and internationally in group exhibitions, and has shown solo around Australia.