The first Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art was held in 1993. This is the 20th year and it is just as exciting as the first.
This year the exhibition is being held in both galleries, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Art Gallery, which sit side by side on the south bank of the Brisbane River opposite the CBD. It features the work of 75 senior and emerging artists and groups from 27 countires across the region…..Come with me to see some of the amazing works that caught my attention.
I absolutely love the huge display in the Art Gallery…perhaps a nod to the upcoming Year of the Water Snake.
I watched this being installed.
There is a large and very impressive collection from Papua New Guinea.
There are lots of wonderful totems.
This carved boat is manned by the most amazing creatures.
Patung Cerita’s Fumeripits was carved out of durable ironwood, and inspired by the story of the Asmat creation hero Fumeripits.
Some are a bit obscure. This item by LN Talur represents a fear of money: a giant log supported by 2 sculptures of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of prosperity.
Daniel Boyd’s dot painting is called A Darker Shade of Dark.
The huge collage on canvas behind the colourful jungle is called Madeln Company. The artist, Xu Zhen drew his inspiration from political cartoons and comics, among other sources.
The 1958 Vespa and Side Car came with a poem.
This is the real KUDA or horse of ours.
Got it from a junkyard.
Rebuilt it in our garage.
Take us everywhere we want to go.
Filled with guitar, drums, bass, and a suitcase.
The sound of the machine is our beat and tunes.
And our music is the fuel.
Rebel on the road. It helps keep us always on
the move, keeps us temporary, hit and run,
like a geurilla in the city.
I have a fine collection of handbags and I was most impressed with this giant collection.
Tiffany Chung commissioned a glass artisan in her home town of Ho Chi Minh city to create the multiple animals that comprise her work Roaming with the dawn – snow drifts, desert wind blows 2012. The disparate animals move together in a great wave of migration – whether they are fleeing or following a call to a promised land, stampeding or being chased, is uncertain.
In Wingreeguu 2012, Shirley Macnamara has intertwined prepared spinifex with the branches of an upturned turpentine shrub in a contemporary comment on the bush shelters traditionally constructed by her Indilandji people.
The next three appealed to me..and I forgot to see who the artist was.
This tangled room appealed to children…and their fathers.
I spotted this delicious sushi on the way out.
I loved this beautiful room created by Parastou Forouhar using the elegant lines of Farsi script.
GoMA does a great job of involving children and this exhibition is no exception. There are several rooms where children can recreate to things they have seen.
The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art began on 8th December 2012 and continues until 14th April 2013. It is free.