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…

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…

Embodied Knowledge: Corporeal Complexity

‘Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art’ opening at the Queensland Art Gallery from 13 August, is a showcase that reimagines our relationship to our bodies and to our increasingly digital world. Here, we survey a selection of artists whose work features in this vital new exhibition. Profiling 19 talented artists and collectives, ‘Embodied Knowledge’ is a…

Jewel box and other treasures

Queensland ceramicist Jessie Gibson (1932—2021) was a fierce advocate for the promotion and understanding of craft artforms. Gibson’s gift to the Gallery, comprising some 48 artworks, collectively capture the energy and innovation of 29 Australian ceramicists and glass artists during the 1980s and 90s. ‘My concerns are the promotions of all crafts, especially quality ceramics,…

Go back in time with Queensland’s commanding ‘Glengallan’ sideboard

The ‘Glengallan’ sideboard 1868 is one of Queensland’s most significant examples of heritage furniture. While the backboard depicts the national symbols of an emu and a kangaroo, the inclusion of the lorikeet and pineapple give it a more local flavour. The carving is attributed to Matthew Fern, who was appointed the first instructor of wood…