Elevating photography to an art form

 

The early 20th century saw the rise of new styles of photography worldwide, which influenced photography in Queensland. Encouraged by advances in film development and camera production, camera clubs flourished. Interest in artistic photography resulted in the formation of the Queensland Camera Club in Brisbane in 1923, with the opening of its first Photographic Salon…

Art inspired by Hmong heritage

Vanghoua Anthony Vue’s geometric mural and ornate headdress sculptures included in ‘Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art’ greet viewers with a cacophony of colour and texture. The artist’s new tape installation nkag siab poob siab 2022, from his ‘Tape-affiti’ series — the title a play on the word graffiti — is an abstract composition spanning more…

Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art

The survey exhibition ‘Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art’ at the Queensland Art Gallery from 13 August, features new and recent work by contemporary artists and collectives exploring identity, heritage and history, highlighting the vitality and diversity of the state’s artistic landscape. The exhibition encompasses large-scale sculptural installation, photography, painting, video and performance, and includes work…

Margaret Rarru Garrawurra creates timeless forms

Arnhem Land artist Margaret Rarru Garrawurra has won the prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for 2022 with a work featuring her signature rich black-dyed pandanus which she is renowned for. A closely-guarded process she discovered through rigorous experimentation, the dense charcoal coloration emphases the hand-weaving process. You can view works by…

In Queer Time: Lizzie Borden, director ‘Born in Flames’ in conversation

In conjunction with ‘Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art’, participating artist Callum McGrath has curated the free film program ‘In Queer Time’ screening in the Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA from 12 to 24 August 2022. McGrath spoke with Lizzie Borden, the director of Born in Flames 1983 about her film. ‘Born in Flames’ screens 6PM on Friday 12…

Go back in time with Brisbane’s two finest craftsmen

There is little furniture from the Arts and Crafts period in Queensland that can match the fluid carving of the art nouveau foliate motifs in this hallstand from the 1920s, the scale and workmanship bears the mark of two of Queensland’s finest craftsmen — John Merten and Lewis Jarvis (LJ) Harvey. John Merten (1861-1932) was…