Birmuyingathi Maali Netta, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Gabori, Warthadangathi Bijarrba Ethel Thomas, Thunduyingathi Bijarrb May Moodoonuthi, Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula Paul, Wirrngajingathi Bijarrb Dawn Narantatjil, Rayarriwarrtharrbayingat Amy Loogatha
2007 Mornington Island, Queensland
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dreamtime from Gondolaland
Synthetic polymer on canvas
Judith Donaldson, Kathleen Donegan, Kunmanara Hogan, Myrtle Pennington, Carlene West
2008 Ilkurlka, Western Australia
Synthetic polymer on canvas
This outdoor exhibition held in the nook of Langwarrin, Victoria showcases 33 works of sculpture arranged within the bushland. The quintessential biennale emphasises diversity and innovation within the contemporary world of sculpture.
Sonia Payes work Re:Generation, winner of the park’s MAP award (McClelland Achievement Prize) is positioned at the start of the ground. Payes work Re:Generation incorporates three fibreglass heads, each with four faces. The work itself is of a grand size and is very interesting to see. The work Re:Generation primarily focuses on the cycle of life, from birth to regeneration.
The sculpture ground is reminiscent of a maze, twisting and turning your way through the native landscape with sculptures at your every corner. Even though the works are man-made they blend within the landscape. To a degree the works compliment the natural surroundings.
Ryan Gander, a highly prolific British artist has graced our shores with his current exhibition; READ ONLY. The show is currently being held at the ACCA (Australian Centre For Contemporary Art) in Melbourne, Victoria. The exhibition contains many diverse works, ranging from video to installations and sculpture.
Ganders work involves the audience in a sense of participation. You can almost feel the artist being present as he has left tiny clues and nuances in his work. It feels like you are trying to solve a riddle or puzzle. A highlight would be the work (Porthole to Culturefield Revisited, 2010). The artwork has a very nautical feel to it. From the sealed porthole, a ladder that is reminiscent of a boat, tails of colourful ribbons and with what at first sounds like a euphony of festive music playing in the background all contributes to the nautical atmosphere. When you edge closer to the work you can hear more clearly ‘Rouge’ by Miles Davis on Repeat. You can almost reach the ladder but can’t. (I envisioned a party going on behind the porthole). Its as if the party is upstairs and you are stuck in the dregs of the basement feeling a sense of loneliness and dejection. Ganders works engage you and evokes your senses. You may even for a fleeting moment feel like a child again, using your imagination and transcending yourself into a different realm.
Porthole to Culturefield Revisited, 2010.
Wood, Metal, Ribbons and Audio
10 x 50 x 40cm Approx.
Private Collection, USA