string theory – Perth International Contemporary Arts
Focus on contemporary Australian art
16 November 2013 – 5 January 2014
string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art explores innovative approaches to fibre and art in a contemporary context. The exhibition brings together Aboriginal artists who work with expanded notions of textile and craft-based tradition, and will present a range of artworks from sculpture to photography, painting to video. Touring from the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and curated by MCA Senior Curator, Glenn Barkley, it features the work of over 30 artists and artist groups from all over Australia.
‘String theory’ is a scientific principle that posits a theory of everything. In this exhibition it implies expansion and connection across time and space, is porous and open-ended, and diverse approaches to the idea of ‘fibre’ or craft-based disciplines. A highlight of the exhibition is a commission by Yirrkala artist Lipaki Marlaypa who works exclusively with traditional hand-made string. Many of the works in the exhibition have string as an integral material in their making. Others use photography, painting and installation whilst still being grounded in a textile tradition.
Artists: Tony Albert, Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Art & Culture Studio, Frances Djulibing, Robyn Djunginy, Lola Greeno, Dale Harding, Evelyn McGreen, Lipaki Marlyaapa, Dhundhunga 2 Munungurr, Noongar Doll Makers, Laurie Nilsen, Alison Page, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Jimmy Pike, Vicki West, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Tasmanian Shell Necklace Makers, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, and Yirrkala Printmakers.
An MCA touring exhibition curated by Glenn Barkley.
Regina Wilson, Wargardi/Dilly bag, 2010.
Cherie Abednego, Bush Boy, 2010.
Laurie Nilsen, Just another Black C, 2011.
Niningka Lewi, Minya Punu Kungkarangkalpa (detail) 2013.
Djuwakan 2 (DJ) Marika, Mari 2012.
Tony Albert, Optimism#10, 2008.
string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art has been supported by the City of Perth and PICA’s ART5000 donors. Tjanpi Desert Weavers’ project has been supported by Gandel Philanthropy and the Nelson Meers Foundation.
Images from top: Frances Djulibing, Yukuwa (Feather string yam vine), 2013. Banyan tree bark, cockatoo feathers, beeswax. Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 2013. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Alex Davies; Regina Wilson, Wargardi/Dilly bag, 2010. Image courtesy the artist, Durrmu Arts and Michael Reid Sydney, © the artist; Cherie Abednego, Bush Boy, 2010. Image courtesy the artist and CAN WA, © the artist. Photo: Bo Wong; Laurie Nilsen, Just another Black C, 2011. Powder coated barbwire. Image courtesy the artist, Kick Arts and FireWorks Gallery. © the artist; Niningka Lewi, Minya Punu Kungkarangkalpa (detail) 2013. Mixed media. Image courtesy and © Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPY Women’s Council. Photograph: Alex Davies; Djuwakan 2 (DJ) Marika,Mari 2012. Screenprint, images courtesy the artist and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, © the artist; Tony Albert, Optimism#10, 2008. Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney © the artist.
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