APT9 commission: Eight majestic rings of Tutana & Loloi

Following years of collaboration and building relationships, the Gallery recently commissioned and acquired eight majestic rings of Tutana and Loloi created by a group of Gunantuna (Tolai) men from Nangananga village in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Designed to mesmerise their viewer, the spectacular rings are banks of shell money and objects of social…

APT9: Watch our time-lapse as Qiu Zhijie creates his enormous wall painting

Internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie’s enormous five-storey wall painting Map of Technological Ethics 2018, has its origins in Chinese ink painting and calligraphy. Inspired while gazing across the Brisbane River, the map is influenced by Brisbane’s combination of ecological paradise and its technological integration. Painted directly on to the gallery wall, 18 metres in height and 38 metres long,…

Looking at Patricia Piccinini’s monsters looking at us

Our culture — its art, music, theology and techno-science — is filled with the promises of monsters, that is to say, the irreverent energy of those who deviate from prescriptive normality.1 Known for her imaginative lifelike creatures, visit ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection‘ at GOMA until 5 August 2018, and ponder our place in a world…

In the garden of good and evil: Judith Wright’s personal insights

In the garden of good and evil is Brisbane artist Judith Wright’s most recent work in an ongoing project that aims to construct the imagined life of a lost child. Here, the artist gives some personal insights into the many elements of this moody multimedia installation, which ultimately tells of the resilience of memory and life.…