Tag : 2008

21st Century: Art in the First Decade
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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Martin Creed ‘Work No. 965: Half the air in a given space (purple)’ 2008

Exhibition staff have begun the process of preparing Martin Creed’s installation Work No. 956: Half the air in a given space (purple) 2008. In the installation visitors will encounter a gallery space filled with approximately 3000 purple balloons. Strongly connected to the legacy of 1960s installation and conceptual art, Work No. 956 profoundly affects the viewer’s spatial and bodily awareness. Characteristic of Creed’s approach to art-making, the work’s matter-of-fact title and rigorous conceptual basis is partnered with an infectious sense of humour and surprise.

21st Century: Art in the First Decade
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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Tony Albert ‘Sorry’ 2008

Conservation staff have completed in the installation of Tony Albert’s Sorry 2008. The work was inspired by former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s formal apology to Indigenous Australians on 13 February 2008. On this day, Australia witnessed one of its most overtly optimistic displays of unity and emotion and, in the eyes of many, grew up. Capturing this outpouring of emotion in his work, Tony Albert introduces us to a forest of faces, each of which shares a history with those stolen from their people, land and culture. Each also represents a false identity; a manufactured black face made to fit a white society. By collecting and reintroducing these so-called ‘kitsch’ items into the world as ‘Aboriginal’ art, Albert affords each object a new and different life in the company of kindred souls: his practice is a liberation.

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Makarrki – King Alfred’s Country 2008 | Synthetic polymer paint on linen | 200 x 600cm | Purchased 2009 with funds from Professor John Hay, AC, and Mrs Barbara Hay through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Bentinck Island artists ‘Makarrki – King Alfred’s Country’ 2008

The Bentinck Island artists are a group of very senior female painters of the Kaiadilt people who live on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria: Birmuyingathi Maali Netta Loogatha, Rayarriwarrtharrbayingat Amy Loogatha, Sally Gabori, Warthadangathi Bijarrba Ethel Thomas, Thunduyingathi …

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Tony Schwensen | Rocking in the free world - Neil Young's passport 2008 | DV transferred to DVD: 62 minutes, colour, sound; ed. 1/4 | Purchased 2009. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Tony Schwensen ‘Rocking in the free world – Neil Young’s passport’ 2008

Tony Schwensen is one of Australia’s foremost interdisciplinary artists and has made a long and distinguished series of performance works, often examining the underside of cultural life and notions of artistic value. In the work Hamburger Boygroup 2000 Schwensen is …

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Louise Weaver | Phoenix, Indian Blue Peacock 2008–09 | Hand crocheted lambswool, cotton thread and plastic over taxidermied Indian Blue Peacock (naco cristatus), jute string | Bird: 193 x 96 x 28cm; base: 95 x 45 x 45cm | Purchased 2010 with a special allocation from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Louise Weaver ‘Phoenix, Indian Blue Peacock’ 2008–09

Louise Weaver’s sculptures engage with representation, evolution and metamorphosis. Her painstakingly crafted menagerie re-imagines taxidermy models in decorative ‘skins’ created with crochet, appliqué and weaving. This process of fantastic reinvention is transformative, and illustrates Weaver’s ongoing interest in the perceived …