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
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
SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2017
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to exhibit in Australia’s leading contemporary international art fair SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 17 at Carriageworks from 7 - 10 SEPTEMBER 2017.
Alcaston Gallery will present a robustly ambitious selection of artworks from some of Australia’s most celebrated painters, alongside powerful photographic and new media works from renowned international artists. Featured artists include two-time Telstra Award winning painter Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, painter, Nonggirrnga Marawili, painter & sculptor, Naomi Hobson, painter, Angela Tiatia, multi-media artist, Dean Smith, ceramicist, Judy Holding, multi-discipline artist, and for the first time at Sydney Contemporary the Wynne Prize award winning painter Yaritji Young, and celebrated established painter Ray Ken.
Image: Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara, 2017 (detail).
JUDY HOLDING: THE LAYERED LANDSCAPE 2017
Alcaston Gallery proudly presents an exciting body of work by Judy Holding, including new watercolours and sculptures. Judy Holding is an established multidisciplinary artist with a practice spanning 35 years. Holding’s sweeping painterly documentation and playful sculptural forms present a spirited meditation on plants, animals, indigenous mythology, and the role of man in the vast biosphere. Exuding immense energy, Holding’s personal visual vocabulary of symbolic forms conveys her lifelong connection to the landscape of regional Victoria and far north Australia. Her work is collected by many public and private collections, including the major institutions: the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; the Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria; the Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria; the Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria; and the collections of Deakin, LaTrobe and Victoria University, Victoria.
Image: Judy Holding, White Lady at Cannon Hill, 2017, watercolour on paper, 57 x 76 cm.
© Judy Holding and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2017
HERMANNSBURG POTTERS - IRNA: TREES 2017
Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present Irna: Trees a new body of work by The Hermannsburg Potters. This exhibition represents an important development in the practice of the celebrated ceramic artists, introducing new directions in sculptural forms and painterly depictions celebrating the beauty, spirit and life-giving force of trees within the landscape: IRNA: Marna, Itarrkngilanha, Pmara - Tree: Food, Medicine, Home.
Presented alongside new work by leading watercolourist and sculptor Judy Holding, who was artist-in-residence at The Hermannnsburg Potters studio in 2016.
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.
ALEC BAKER AND PETER MUNGKURI: TJILIPi 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 Tjilipi 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.
© The artists, Iwantja Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne