ABC News interviews Dean Cross as he navigates the regional and metropolitan scenes

17 Aug 2021

Born and raised on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country near Goulburn, Dean Cross moved to Canberra at the age of 12 – thinking that in order to succeed in his career, he would need to leave regional Australia. Ultimately, not even the nation’s capital would prove big enough for the Worimi artist’s ambitions.

Cross’s latest success highlights the often under-sung role of regional museums and galleries in Australia’s arts ecosystem, not only for local and emerging artists, but also for local communities.

Icarus, My Son interrogates the way we think and talk about the regional versus the metropolitan. It simultaneously draws on the myth of the young, ambitious Icarus who flies too close to the sun, only for his wings to melt. While being grounded in Cross’s experience growing up in the regions where, like so many, he was encouraged to believe that success lies outside your hometown.

In Cross’s words, the exhibition asks: “What does it mean to be regional, rural, remote? Remote from where? To where should I focus my aspirations? Where exactly is the so-called centre – and what will I find if I get there?”

Icarus, my Son is currently on view at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery until 28 August.

Image: Installation view of Dean Cross’ solo exhibition Icarus, my Son at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.

Photo by Brenton McGeachie. Image courtesy of the artist and Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.