SALLY GABORI: LIVING WITH ART 2017
ALCASTON GALLERY and MONDOPIERO, two institutions of the Melbourne art and design worlds collaborate to create an exhibition of superb paintings by the renowned Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori presented with international design from Mondopiero and showcasing paintings recently released by the Estate of Sally Gabori; the exciting possibilities of Vivere Con L’Arte – Living With Art.
Together, Alcaston Gallery and Mondopiero, curate living tableaus of fine art and design objects across both venues in Ftizroy, presenting Sally Gabori: Living with Art.
Image: Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Dibirdibi Country, 2011 (AK17063), synthetic polymer paint on linen, 151 x 196 cm installed at Mondopiero
NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI: PROGRESSION 2017
"The art which Nonŋgirrŋa makes is not time dependent. It is not a reaction to a fashion or a moment. It is as it would have been in millennia past. Independent of the Western narrative of progress. And yet it is contemporary both because it is made now but also because it is absorbed by the society which exists now. People get this. Although they cannot speak Yolŋu matha or visit remote Arnhem land or fathom Indigenous spirituality. And her art changes through time and shifts into new medium and brings new vision. All whilst charting the Yolŋu cosmology obsessed with the spirit’s progression through a cyclical never ending journey- from the flesh to the water and back again. "
- Will Stubbs, Co-ordinator, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, 2017
It is a great honour for Alcaston Gallery to present the fifth solo exhibition of acclaimed artist Nonggirrnga Marawili: Progression. The artist's visual language is again extended in both composition and medium, with paintings on bark, board and aluminium.
An article on the artist and her forthcoming exhibition is in the latest 20th anniversary edition of The Art Collector magazine.
Image: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Lightning and The Rock, 2017, Ochre on board, 192 x 122 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
CLAUDIA MOODOONUTHI - RUBY AND HUNTER AT REDLAND ART GALLERY, QLD
Ruby and Hunter: Claudia Moodoonuthi at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland Corner Middle and Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland QLD 4163
Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm Sunday 9am – 2pm. Closed Saturdays.
In Ruby and Hunter Claudia Moodoonuthi shares stories from her ancestral land, Kaiadilt Country of Bentinck Island in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria. Inspired by the special bond Moodoonuthi has with her two dogs, Ruby and Hunter, the exhibition celebrates the Kaiadilt People’s significant and enduring relationship with dingoes. Brought to life through personal reflections on family, history and lived experience, Moodoonuthi honours the innate connection between people, place and Country.
Dingos have a history on Bentinck Island that extends over 4000 years. Moodoonuthi describes their existence as ‘woven into the fabric of our Indigenous life, law and culture. They continue to serve as companion, protector – spiritually and physically – hunter, and a source of warmth. Suffice to say, Indigenous people and dingoes continue to stand side by side, sharing common ancestors and an identity that is inextricably tied to land and equally to each other.’
Ruby and Hunter unites lineal and recent narratives that have shaped Moodoonuthi’s knowledge and identity. Dingos on her homelands are represented through bold line work and joyous patterns in her characteristic vibrant colour palette. Within these works, she expresses the Island’s unique topography and vitality. Inclusion of video provides further insight of Moodoonuthi’s diverse history and imparts her lively personality.
Born on Bentinck Island in 1995, Moodoonuthi spent her formative years on Kaiadilt Country and neighbouring Mornington Island, home to the Lardil people. Moodoonuthi’s closeness to Country was nurtured by her late great-grandmother, May Moodoonuthi, and her Kaiadilt Aunties—artist sisters of the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Sally Gabori) — who raised her. Her childhood filled with fishing, hunting, weaving and harmonious living with sea environments instilled Moodoonuthi with an undeniable connection to these lands. She also lived in Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, forming ties to and knowledge of the local Wik Mungkan culture.
Moodoonuthi’s art ensures her People’s stories are remembered, and her culture and knowledge is carried brightly into the future.
Ruby and Hunter: Claudia Moodoonuthi has been curated in collaboration with the artist, Freja Carmichael and Alcaston Gallery. Claudia Moodoonuthi is represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.