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
Hermannsburg Potters: Lyilhama - Music 2017
Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present this small collection of ceramics by the renowned Hermannsburg Potters. Lyilhama – meaning music, or song - depicts scenes of Indigenous musicians, concert performances, visiting community bands and songs – all based around the artists’ personal experiences and memories of music. Exhibiting artists: Rahel Kngwarriya Ungwanaka, Rona Panangka Rubuntja, Hayley Panangka Coulthard, Anita Mbitjana Ratara, Beth Mbitjana Inkamala, Caroline Kamaarra Forbes.
Alcaston Gallery has represented the Hermannsburg Potters spanning 30 years. Their unique, immediately recognisable style has been exhibited widely through Australia and internationally. Their major installation commission for the National Gallery of Victoria Our Land is Alive, NGV Australia 19 December 2015 - 11 April 2016, set new benchmarks for their engaging and lyrical pots.
The Hermannsburg Potters are world-renowned as master ceramicists and their work is held in most major Australian institutions and several major art collections internationally.
Image: Rona Panangka Rubuntja, Pitjantjatjara Boy (Isaac Yamma), 2016 (AK20625) Terracotta nd underglazes, 50 x 30 cm.
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.