Ever-present speaks to the spirit of Country, to the myriad of ways it permeates life, informs lore, traditions and ceremonies. It explores the interdependence of land and peoples, revealing the resilience of cultures that has sustained and continues to be a way of being since time immemorial.
Showcasing works from the SAM Collection including recent acquisitions, this exhibition spans a variety of media: from painting and ceramics to basket-making. Each work impresses a deep knowing and sense of belonging to the artists’ sovereign home.
Ever-present reveals a number of interwoven themes. Angelina George and Albert Namatjira reveal the interconnectedness of spirit and Country. Julie Dowling depicts matriarchal kinships and intergenerational knowledge; while Angelina Ngal celebrates sustenance and survival through representations of bush plants, a source of food and healing. Vera Cooper’s ceramic egg-form alludes to the life-cycles of birth, death and re-birth, echoed by Lorraine Babui, Tunga (bark baskets) from the Tiwi Islands, also in the exhibition. Mapping and Dreaming are presented by Western Desert painters, Katarra Nampitjinpa and Ronnie Tjampitjinpa. Danie Mellor takes a contemporary approach to traditional forms, reinterpreting boomerangs and shields which he casts from reclaimed steel shipping trunks. Each of these works evokes journeys, migration and displacement, reconciling the past while sustaining connectedness into the future.
Featuring: Lorraine Babui, Benjamin Landara, Shauna Colin, Vera Cooper, Julie Dowling, Walter Ebatarinja, Tanya Flower, Sally Gabori, Angelina George, Rupert Jack, Mary Jo Kantilla, Danie Mellor, Mary Milgurr, Richard Moketarinja, the Hermannsburg Potters, Albert Namatjira, Nancy Naninurra, Angelina Ngal, Tiger Palpatja, Edwin Pareroultja, Dr Gloria Thanacoupie (Thanakupi), Mary Tjaatju, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Long Tom Tjapanangka and more.
Drawn from the potent realms of artists' imaginations, Intimate Realities evokes the uncanny and the surreal. This exhibition features sculpture, video, photography, screen-printing, painting and ceramics by leading contemporary artists, presented in a ways that invite visitors to look more closely.
Each of the works reveals fleeting glimpses of the unknown. Dreamlike and fantastical, they allude to inner states, psychological undercurrents, and unconscious fears and desires. Benjamin Armstrong’s floor-based sculpture is part Cyclops, the one-eyed monster blinded by Odysseus in ancient Greek myths, and part sea-creature from the deep. Rendered in white marble-dust, Heather B. Swann’s female form is part young girl, and part soft-serve confection of vanilla and ice. The accompanying musical score becomes a celestial refrain to the video and sculptural form, entering our subconscious as the sensory experience of sound takes over and extends our understanding of sight.
Intimate Realities rewards us with a series of intimate moments, windows into imaginative worlds we can carry with us as we go about the rest of our daily lives.
Saturday, 24 November, 2018 to Sunday, 17 February, 2019
Paul Yore, What a Horrid Fucking Mess, 2016, textile wall hanging; mixed media, 210 x 342 cm (irreg.), purchased with Ararat Rural City Council acquisition allocation, 2016. Collection of Ararat Gallery TAMA.
Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms presents the work of 18 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft based materialities with a political intent. Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subvert and extend these forms into the realm of activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live. While some respond directly to artistic or political movements, others encourage social connection between community members or require participatory activation through collective processes. Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms enables viewers to rethink craft in a new light.
Artists include: Slow Art Collective, Paul Yore, Debris Facility, Kate Just, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Penny Byrne, James Tylor, Jemima Wyman, Kate Rohde, Michelle Hamer, Raquel Ormella, Hiromi Tango, Erub Arts, Catherine Bell, Tai Snaith, Karen Black, Starlie Geikie, Deborah Kelly.