samedi 6 octobre 2012

Dream Catchers: A Maningrida Sculpture Exhibition

Dream Catchers:

A Sculpture Exhibition & Weaving Workshop
Featuring Artists From Maningrida, NT - In conjunction with Sculpture by the Sea 

artists: Special guests Bob Burruwal and Lena Yarinkurra, courtesy of Maningrida Arts & Culture

OPENING Saturday 20th October with Brunch 11am - 1pm

Special weaving workshop on opening day @ 12 midday with leading fibre artists Bob Burruwal and Lena Yarinkurra.

Cost $30 pp. RSVP bookings essential. (Book early as places fill quickly)

Exhibition 20th October - 17th November 2012 - Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery

31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi Beach 2026

Traditions in Central Arnhem Land have never been fixed in time. Art production has always been dynamic. Here artists dig amongst the stories from past generations in order to manifest beautiful objects that are a perfect reflection of their local environment.
- Adrian Newstead, 2012

Click here to view the exhibition online


Left to Right: selection of 'Fish Traps' 2012; Crusoe Kurrdal 'Mimi', bronze cast, 2004; Clara Larabidiwanga 'Sting Ray' 2012 & Owen Yalandja 'yawk Yawks' 2011

In Maningrida’s immediate surroundings 700 individual artists live on 34 remote outstations spread over 10,000 square kilometres. The name Maningrida itself comes from the phrase mane djang karirra, meaning 'the place where the dreaming changed shape'. It is an apt description. The artists in Maningrida are internationally renowned for their constant innovation. Early cave painters such as Peter Maralwanga and Mick Kubarrku first translated their art onto bark. It is now the home of the greatest contemporary bark innovator, Johnny Mawurndjurl.

Sculpture, too, has undergone metamorphic change in this region. The traditional warp and weft of fibre basketry is transformed into woven animals and quixotic spirit beings. What sets this work apart is raw, natural and indigenous. Respect for an ageless culture sets this enterprise apart from those that exploit the land for the riches that can be extracted. Three artists from Maningrida - Anniebell Marrngamarrnga, Bronwyn Kelly and Doreen Linkinjwang - were recently selected from over 700 entries globally to participate in the Sydney Powerhouse, Love Lace Exhibition.

Showcased alongside these works from Maningrida are selected pieces from around the continent including a spectacular selection of rare Hermannsburg pots. Many of the Hermannsburg potters are descendants of Albert Namatjira and influenced by his use of modern style and deep connection to the land. Hermannsburg potters continue this tradition in their pots, decorated with scenes from the Western MacDonnell Ranges and telling stories in clay with their own unique artistic twist.

ABOUT SPECIAL GUESTS Lena Yarinkurra & Bob Burruwal
Two Guests of Honour at the Sydney exhibition will be NATSIAA (National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
Art Awards) finalists Lena Yarinkurra & Bob Burruwal. Bob is the number one ceremonial 'didj' maker at Maningrida. He is also a morning star and figure sculpture maker. Lena is well known for her fibre/pandanus camp dogs and unique highly distinctive fibre sculptures. Some of her sculptures include paperbark puppy skeletons and buffalo sculptures with real horns. Bob and Lena are married and create many works together.

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