Greg Semu - The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) 2017
The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) is Semu’s most recent and ambitious project to date, whereby he has assigned himself the task of questioning the fact or fiction of the painterly recorded history of colonisation by referencing two culturally significant paintings: first, Theodore Géricault's 1819 masterwork, The Raft of the Medusa and secondly, The Arrival of the Māoris in New Zealand, 1898 by English-born Louis John Steele and New Zealander Charles F. Goldie. Grasping photography’s traditional perception as a device for representing truth, Semu has photographically recreated the epic sea voyage using residents of the Cook Islands; consequently fusing and appropriating ideals from the two referenced paintings to cement art historically and for the first time an often shared Māori depiction of the true events surrounding their ancestors’ arrival in New Zealand.
‘I want my images to be iconic and significant in a world sense, tribulation to the collaboration of the displaced, frozen and distilled in a frame: testaments that transcend geography and generations, transfiguring the ambiguous power and affirmation of photography and art.’
- Greg Semu
The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) was exhibited at the NGV International, Melbourne from 10 June to 11 September 2016. Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present the complete series commercially for the first time.
Image: Greg Semu, The Raft, 2014-2016, Digital C-type print
© Greg Semu and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
ALEC BAKER AND PETER MUNGKURI: TJILPI KUTJARA (TWO OLD MEN) 2017
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present solo bodies of work from two senior artists of the APY Lands Alec Baker and Peter Mungkuri in Tjilpi Kutjara (Two Old Men).
The artists' monumental paintings in acrylic, alongside their detailed monochromatic ink and goauche paintings on paper create dynamic representations of landscape; highlighting their deftness in both mediums, and extraordinary detailed knowledge of country.
In 2017 Peter Mungkuri won the inaugural Hadley's Art Prize. Alec Baker has been a finalist in the Alice Prize, Len Fox Painting Award, Telstra National Indigenous & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards and the Hadley's Art Prize.
Image: Peter Mungkuri and Alec Baker, Ngura (Country), 2017 AK21104, Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 198 x 243 cm.
© The artists, Iwantja Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
IDRIS MURPHY: THE 'WITHIN OF THINGS' 2017
Alcaston Gallery is excited to present Idris Murphy: The 'within of things' , the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery .
Established Sydney-based painter Idris Murphy exhibited with Alcaston Gallery for the first time in the group show Time and Tide. Murphy is renowned for his intimate understanding of the Australian landscape rendered by unabashed observation and a masterly formal approach. His landscape paintings contain acknowledged reverence to the ancient, indigenous spirituality of place.
Quote reference: Teilhard de Chardin.
© The artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne