Swinging branches & rocks build up a visible residue

For Tracing inscriptions 2020/22, a purpose-built plotter printer is programmed by Robert Andrew to trace an undisclosed Yawuru text in Latin script, activating strings stretching over viewers’ heads that connect to the branches and rocks opposite. Without ink, the traced letters and words are left invisible and undisclosed to the viewer. The artist seeks to…

Sally Gabori’s ‘Makarrki’ is layered with memories of home

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori was born by a small tidal creek around 1924 on the south side of Bentinck Island, of the South Wellesley Island Group in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Far North Queensland. Her Kayardild language name, Mirdidingkingathi, means ‘born at Mirdidingki’, her country on Bentinck Island, and Juwarnda means ‘dolphin’, her totem. Gabori…

Mannequins strike a pose

The desire to ‘climb the ladder’ of the social and economic order is humorously questioned by Justene Williams in The Vertigoats 2021. Lurid department-store shelving and vivid mannequins create the mood of a hyped-up retail environment. Williams distorts the mannequins’ limbs to draw attention to the ridiculousness of the ideal body propagated by the fashion…

Sally Gabori: This is My Land, This is My Sea, This is Who I Am

In 2022 Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924-2015) was named one of Queensland’s Greats, the awards this year recognising a contemporary Queensland artist who made a significant international impact in the art world. Sally Gabori is also having her first major solo international exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, opened by Australian Prime Minister…

Vale: Graham Burstow

The Gallery acknowledges the passing of Queensland photographic artist Graham Burstow OAM. Born in Toowoomba in 1927, Burstow was initially self-taught, but later took instruction as a member of the Camera Club Movement. Working on black-and-white film, he was a subject-driven social documentarian with a keen lens for every-day Australians. A foundation member of the…