Posted by: Debra Kolkka | January 2, 2013

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at GoMA

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.

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I watched this being installed.

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There is a large and very impressive collection from Papua New Guinea.

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There are lots of wonderful totems.

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This carved boat is manned by the most amazing creatures.

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Patung Cerita’s Fumeripits was carved out of durable ironwood, and inspired by the story of the Asmat creation hero Fumeripits.

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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.

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Daniel Boyd’s dot painting is called A Darker Shade of Dark.

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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.

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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.

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I have a fine collection of handbags and I was most impressed with this giant collection.

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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.

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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.

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The next three appealed to me..and I forgot to see who the artist was.

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This tangled room appealed to children…and their fathers.

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I spotted this delicious sushi on the way out.

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I loved this beautiful room created by Parastou Forouhar using the elegant lines of Farsi script.

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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.

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The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art began on 8th December 2012 and continues until 14th April 2013. It is free.

qagoma.qld.gov.au/apt7


Responses

  1. Deb, WOW!! Looks like we might need to take a trip to Brisbane soon…

    I LOVE the water snake, and the migrating animals – they’re just amazing!

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    • The exhibition would be wellworth a trip to Brisbane.

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  2. My two favourites have to be the sushi trucks and the man held captive by his penis! Thanks for the giggle. I was very impressed by the huge dinosaur piece. What a treat to see these. Thanks so much and Happy New Year.

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    • The snake skeleton is enormous..very impressive.

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  3. Wow–what I wouldn’t have done to see that exhibit! Those first few images are stunning! Happy New Year, my friend.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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    • You clearly need a trip to Australia before April.

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  4. Thanks for sharing! Very impressive!

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  5. that was a great day out but didnt realise there was more!!! that snake is spectacular. hope you had a good christmas and all the best for 2013. chris 🙂

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    • I went back after somebody asked me if I had seen the glass animals. There is much more than we saw the first day. You have to return.

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  6. Wow … you captured quite the variety of styles.

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    • There is much more of course. The exhibition is huge.

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  7. What a feast for the eyes Debra – I could easily spend an entire afternoon in those galleries! Loved the snake skeleton and all the colourful items from Papua New Guinea.

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    • One afternoon may not be enough, there is lots to see.

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  8. Wow! I’ve heard many good things about this exhibition and your photos confirmed it for me – that snake skeleton is amazing. Now I wait for school holidays to end and then I’ll be heading to Brisbane.

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    • Waiting until the end of the holidays is a good idea, it will be far less busy.

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  9. I adore modern art (I find it so inspiring) and thank you for your tour of this exhibition!

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    • You should come to Brisbane to see it. GoMA is a wonderful gallery.

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  10. What a fantastic exhibit; thank you for sharing something I would never have seen otherwise, Debra. As I scrolled down the page through the images, I felt as if I were reading an exciting page turner novel, never expecting the next image.

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    • There is lots more to see, these were just the things that appealed to me. I have been 3 times already.

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  11. I saw the water snake before Christmas and thought I should try to take a photo to send to Zaccy, but yours are much better than I would have achieved. However, photo number eleven is what I see in the mirror every weekend when Peter and I have finished ‘gardening’:)

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    • The gallery might like you as an exhibit.

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  12. That snake skeleton sculpture is superb! I also love the Daniel Boyd dot painting, so well done. I must get in and have a look at this myself after I get back from holidays.

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    • Don’t miss the exhibition, it is excellent.

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  13. Wow! Awesome exhibits Debra! I love the fish and cat paintings too. And the Papua New Guinea stuff!

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    • It is an excellent exhibition and is proving very popular.

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  14. I love the pictures! I lived in Brisbane for almost a year and look how the museum has changed!!! Thanks for bringing all my good memories back 🙂

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  15. My jaw dropped on the floor, and now I can’t find it anymore. I don’t know why I can’t, my eyes are widen looking at all these grandeur.
    This is just Whoa. Even more amazing that you get to witness the installment of that exhibit.
    I love the glasses, and the Farsi script really catches the eye.

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  16. wow, thank you for sharing, this contemporary collections really worth looking into.

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