mercredi 14 septembre 2011

Exhibition: Ian Waldron Bloodwood Totems

Opening Thursday 22nd 2011 at 6pm

Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery
31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi Beach

Seminar Thursday 22nd 2011 starting at 6:30pm

Language Learned. Culture Regained - Art, Culture & Language

Seminar 6.30 – 7.00pm with Q&A to follow

Ian Waldron, Key Artist
Adrian Newstead, Gallery Director and expert in Indigenous Art
Dr Richard Tipping,
Guest Artist, Sculptor & Poet. Tipping is an expert in text in art. His exhibition Off the Page. Poetic Text as Public Art is currently showing at Customs House, Circular Quay until 9 October 2011.
Dr Bronwyn Eather, Linguist & expert in Aboriginal languages

Spaces are limited for the panel discussion so please RSVP: or (02) 9300 9233

Cost: FREE

Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery
31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi Beach

Language and culture are integral to Ian Waldron's art practise. The artist does not speak Kurtjar fluently, so his mother impressed the importance of learning the language and keeping the culture, upon him. Words from the Kurtjar language therefore appear in many of the artist's paintings. This is as much to honour his language, as it is a comment about preserving it. Themes of language and lost languages are a strong component of the artist's work.

This seminar brings together a panel of experts who use language and text in poetic ways to connect culture and language. ‘Language Learned, Culture Regained’ is a theme Ian Waldron has explored extensively through his art practise.

Dr. Richard Tipping is a contemporary artist who uses language and wordplay in a contemporary public art context. He is well known for his witty and playful re-interpretations of road signs and many large public sculptures and installations.

Dr. Bronwyn Eather is an expert in Aboriginal languages, as well as Asian, Arabic and European language. She has taught voice studies at NIDA and linguistics at the University of Sydney. She is currently Principal Linguist at Appen Butler Hill Inc.

The panel will discuss how text can be used in art to explore ideas and the importance of language to culture.

"Waldron's work is highly individual, and it belies the assumption that Aboriginal
art always features dots"
K. Strickland, Australian Financial Review 2010

About the Artist and Exhibition
Ian Waldron is a Kurtjar man whose traditional country is located between Karumba and the Mitchell River on the Gulf of Carpentaria. His strong connections to country provide material and inspiration for much of his work.

Waldron won the prestigious Glover Prize in March 2010, representing the first Indigenous artist and the first artist from mainland Australia to win this national award for landscape painting. Back in 1995 he won the Telstra Open Painting Category Award in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Since that time his works have been included in several nationally recognised prizes including the Archibald, Wynne & Dobell, and acquired into significant public and private collections including the Parliament House Collection and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

The bloodwood tree, a eucalyptus encased in a thick, rough bark, is one of the important species of flora found on the artist’s traditional country. It is a hardwood and often used for making didgeridoos. The tree gained its name from the red sap that flows from it when cut. Strong colour is used by Waldron to represent the various stages of growth and change in the tree through the seasons. Yuaarr is the name for the Bloodwood tree in Kurtjar language.

The title Bloodwood Totem reflects the artist’s desire to explore the relationship between the physicality of the landscape; the cultural beliefs and traditions of Aboriginal Australians; and the loss of language from traditional culture. The Bloodwood is the totem of the Kurtjar clan. The black cockatoo is the artist’s totem.

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