Indigenous Triennial Art Exhibition @ National Gallery of Australia

Till Sept 20th 2017

Plan to take a few hours or several visits if you want to take in this exhibition. The range and complexity of the works on show means it takes lots of time to engage with the abundant creativity.

There were grand explorations of traditional.arts from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sources. They are joined to huge numbers or works of modern and technological styles of creations.

In the entry way to the NGA is a Rolls Royce painted in tradition art style. In the exhibition is a video of the artist driving that car and that activity brings together lots of remarkable visual traditional elements. The driver turns into a large area of red dust and by driving in various circles at high speed he digs up the red dirt creating patterns and a vast amount of red dust. The beauty and layered elements of the video production and were wonderful.

I will go back as we only had 90 minutes today. The exhibition is hard as it traverses complex territory of history, political comment, layered cultural interaction and many aspects of the underbelly of human society. I have included a few pics below but the only sensible thing to do with this exhibition is to go – it is free.


The Opening Day 9 May 1927 @ Museum of Australian Democracy Canberra

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the event Old Parliament House has a walk around exhibition to recall the people and events of the day when it was opened. As with all good exhibitions of this style the detail is precise and multi sourced. The photos come from the famous and the humble and are taken of a diverse citizens and indigenous non citizens and foreign and local significant individuals.

It is not over done but it does a great job of recording the day back in an era in which there was not a million selfies on line to choose from.

Flyers and pics below.

One to eight – Australia’s first Prime Ministers @ Museum of Australian Democracy Canberra

Alison Alder has created a marvelous portrait collection of the first eight men to grace the Australian political landscape in the role of Prime Minister. The pictures are standard styles but have been coloured up and decorated in wonderful fluro flashes of colour.

Perhaps the crowning glory of the exhibition is the sumptuous wall paper on the walls in the rooms. The pattern is geometric and woven into the traditional cameo spaces in the wall papers are traditional oval cameos of the wives of the leaders. It created a remarkable commentary on the world of the time in which the women were wallpaper to the real world of men.

I love the space and I love Alison’s take on our early political leadership.

Both Sides of the Fence – Robert Bleyerveen @ Belconnen Arts Centre

11 Mar – 2 March 2017

This exhibition is a reflection of the site of the Belconnen Arts Centre at Emu Bank. The roots of this exhibition is a fence constructed in 1825. Bleyerveen takes this as a starting point to create a series of artistic reflections on relationships between the locals and the arriving and settling Europeans.

Pictures below give a sense of the works.


Weapon Art @ Museum of Australian Democracy Canberra

Propaganda and advertising embedded in everything we consume. Definitions are fluid and are often driven by perspective. The Melbourne Popular Art Group chose to frame an exhibition to mark the anniversary of the Eureka Stockade. The content and styles of the works on exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra have a communist austerity but each of the images are remarkably clear in conveying a message.

THis exhibition has been on for a long time but a return visit recently reminded me about how gorgeous these images are.

Pics below.

Stuart Devlin @ Royal Australian Mint

16 December 2016 – 30 April 2017

All of us still find ourselves occasionally with little metal things in our pockets called coins. Back when these objects were more popular in Australia the gorgeous surface designs were the product of a remarkable artist designer called Stuart Devlin.

There is till the end of April a rich homage to the artistry of Devlin housed in the gallery of the Royal Australian Mint. Celebrating the creativity of a master is always a challenge. The curators have focused on coins, medals, coats of arms and maces but have included table ware and other expressions of his skills.

The main web page is below with some sample pics.

Biography page for Stuart  Devlin

Artists of the Great War @ National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery brought together a set of works in their Australian area to reflect the great gifts and varieties of artists who recorded aspects of the experience of World War One.

The blurb for this reads: This powerful exhibition addresses wartime propaganda, front-line experience and remembrance through paintings, drawings and prints by Official War Artists, combatants and women. It also features a special focus on the remarkable artist Will Dyson.

The works range from standard historical recording of historical events and people to extremely brutal representations of the violence of war.

Pics below

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