Bilum – A cultural icon

The Sisters of Mercy — a not-for-profit, faith-based organisation in Australia and Papua New Guinea — teaches textile-making skills to the disadvantaged, including prisoners in Bihute, in the Eastern Highlands Province. The Gallery recently acquired a group of six colourful bilums from Bihute, extending its Pacific textile holdings and engaging with this cultural tradition. The…

Lincoln Austin ‘Out of sight’

This playful, retro-styled optical work by Australian artist Lincoln Austin was inspired by his interest in music, mathematics and puzzles. Austin is a Queensland-based artist renowned for his exacting geometric sculptures. Created from wire and metal mesh, and descriptive of mathematical series, these works produce perplexing optical illusions and moiré effects. Recently, Austin has started…

Ben Quilty’s view of Australia at war is a deeply human one

Every year, the QAGOMA Foundation Appeal seeks to add to the Gallery’s Collection a work that makes a compelling artistic proposition – one that somehow feels essential to us and might make others feel the same, in 2014, we are presenting a work by a leading contemporary Australian artist, Ben Quilty who is not yet…

Harvest: Art, Film And Food

The smell of Thai takeaway has been emanating from the Gallery of Modern Art… Just ahead of ‘Harvest: Art, Film + Food’ opening at GOMA from 28 June – 21 September, Arts Minister Ian Walker was on hand this week to serve up a traditional Thai lunch to three unsuspecting gallery visitors and Gary Stafford,…

Highlight: Tomoko Yoneda ‘Baseball Ground’

This is an interesting image of an unremarkable thing, at least at first glance. Ostensibly, the work depicts the edge of a suburban sports ground in what appears to be the wet season. In the foreground, puddles gather among stems of verdant grass as clouds hover overhead, still pregnant with unspent precipitation. The image itself…