Time of others

An-My Le, Vietnam b.1960 / Damage Control Training, USS Nashville, Senegal (from ‘Events Ashore’ series) 2009 / The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2011 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © An-My Le
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Jonathan Jones, Australia b.1978 / Lumination fall wall weave 2006 / Electrical cable, light fittings, bulbs on painted MDF board / The Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award 2006 (winning entry). Purchased 2006 with funds from Xstrata Coal through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Jonathan Jones

‘Time of others’, a collaborative exhibition developed by four leading museums in the Asia Pacific and featuring 19 artists from across the region is now open at GOMA. The exhibition is a collaboration between QAGOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT), National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO) and Singapore Art Museum (SAM).

The Gallery is the final venue showing this exhibition drawn from the collections of these leading institutions and featuring artists from Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.

‘Time of others’ offers a unique opportunity to see works from QAGOMA’s collection – internationally renowned for its strength in contemporary art from Asia and the Pacific, in context with works from leading Asian galleries. Co-curated by QAGOMA’s Curator of Contemporary Asian Art, Reuben Keehan, Che Kyongfa (MOT), Hashimoto Azusa (NMAO), Michelle Ho (SAM), ‘Time of Others’ has been realised with the support of the Japan Foundation Asia Center.

The exhibition used the concept of ‘time’ and ‘difference’ as twin devices to consider relationships in the Asia Pacific. The title of the show derives from the Japanese idiom tanin no jikan, indicating the simple courtesy of respecting another person’s time, and it explores the complex links between the people, histories, and cultures that exist in this diverse region.

Highlights include paintings from On Kawara’s seminal Today series (1980, 1981 and 1985), a project the artist executed daily from 1966 until his passing in mid-2014, Heman Chong’s Calendars (2020–2096) 2004–10, an installation of 1001 calendar pages from January 2020 onwards and Bruce Quek’s Hall of Mirrors: Asia Pacific Report 2011, a room of 24 clocks keyed to record the time of a specific social or ecological tragedy in the Asia Pacific.

The exhibition also features works from QAGOMA’s collection including Graham Fletcher’s Lounge Room Tribalism paintings and Jonathan Jones’ poetic woven light installation Lumination Fall Wall Weave 2003-05.

Graham Fletcher, New Zealand b.1969 / Untitled (from ‘Lounge Room Tribalism’ series) 2010 / Oil on canvas / Purchased 2010 with funds from the Estate of Lawrence F King in memory of the late Mr and Mrs SW King through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

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