An incredible story: Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers

 

While Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers have worked on panel paintings collaboratively since 2001, creating 24 works, Metafisica Australe 2017 holds special meaning: it reflects on the origins of their collaboration, which developed following Tillers’s use of elements of Jagamara’s Five Stories 1984 in his 1985 work titled The Nine Shots. His conscious copying of Jagamara’s cultural motifs is…

How can art and science be used to imagine a shared future?

Patricia Piccinini Writing Competition How can art and science be used to imagine a shared future? Ask the kids. They know how to do it. Get them early, before they’re taught that science and art are in conflict. That’s wrong. Art and science are united by creativity. In art, it’s obvious where people use their…

A meeting of minds

Metafisica Australe 2017 is a rich, contemporary symbiosis of the personal, professional and cultural reflections of two great Australian artists. The subject of this year’s QAGOMA Foundation Appeal, Metafisica Australe is a significant 72-panel painting that is the latest artwork resulting from the collaborative efforts of Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers. Simon Wright was present when…

Story of a Maker

Patricia Piccinini Writing Competition I thought I was too old to go through all the trouble. I didn’t really believe that changes would affect me anyway. At that age, with that and skin, it is not all that easy to grow different over night. It so happened that I was developing a drinking habit for…

Mary Shelley and Patricia Piccinini’s kinship with the monstrous

We consider the legacy of Mary Shelley’s masterwork and the ‘monster’ in literature, art, and popular culture, as we reveal how art and literature help us to explore our fascination with scientific intervention and nature. How real are these imaginary beings and worlds, and why are these creations brought into existence – either through Shelley’s…

Robin Gibson’s legacy of light and air

At a time when most Australian galleries were temple-like buildings that upheld the exclusivity of art appreciation, architect Robin Gibson’s Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) was truly extraordinary: through the language of Modernism, Gibson’s intention was to democratise art and bring it to the people. Louise Martin-Chew spoke with QAGOMA Director Chris Saines CNZM on his…