Megan Cope’s ‘Re Formation’ takes the oyster shell as its subject

Before colonisation, the coastal shellfish reefs in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay — fostered using aquaculture techniques — were a major source of food for Aboriginal people of the region. Over centuries of feasting, towering middens created from discarded shells and bones were impressive sights on the local islands and beaches of the mainland. Megan Cope’s RE…

Olafur Eliasson traces his artistic practice over 25 years

Renowned Danish-Icelandic artist and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Olafur Eliasson traces his artistic practice over the last 25 years in a keynote address while in Brisbane for the opening of ‘Water‘. From early works like Beauty 1993, seminal installations like The weather project 2003, to his monumental work Riverbed 2014 in our current exhibition – Eliasson’s…

Conserving Jon Molvig’s works on paper

Passionate and rebellious, Helge John ‘Jon’ Molvig (1923–70) was a relentless artistic innovator, who, in the 1950s and 1960s, attained national recognition. Newcastle-born, Molvig moved to Brisbane in 1955 and dominated the city’s art scene until his death just before he turned 47. With great energy, he created figure studies, portraits and landscapes, making radical…

William Forsythe’s alternative to walking

‘Please traverse the space using only the rings’, William Forsythe requests as we encounter his installation of suspended gymnastic rings, The Fact of Matter 2009. To do so, we must lift ourselves into the air by stepping onto one ring, then another. Although the lower rings are hanging at a suitable height for our feet,…

Below the tide line: Ghost net art

Be surrounded by sculptural ocean creatures created from ghost net, the result of a collaborative project between artists on the Torres Strait Island community of Erub (Darnley Island) for the Children’s Art Centre. Lynnette Griffiths talks about marine conservation, bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and making beautiful objects from repurposed materials. Ghost net art…

Outside in: Behind the scenes of ‘Riverbed’ by Olafur Eliasson

The Gallery’s summer blockbuster explores water in all its states and across the globe. ‘Water’ highlights this precious resource and aims to spark conversations on the critical challenges of climate change, access to water and ecological fragility. One of the major installations in the exhibition is Danish–Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s Riverbed 2014. Here, we delve…