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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Ms & Mr, Study for retrograde motion, 1988/2008, VHS rotoscoped with composite HDV and animation, two channel, silent, infinite loop. © Courtesy the artists and Kaliman Gallery, Sydney
Song of sirens is an exhibition that brings us close to the imaginative workings of six artists from three generations. Some artists lead us to encounter risk and discovery: in accepting their invitations to experience their work, we may venture along unfamiliar pathways. These types of encounters are not just at the centre of the work in this exhibition, they are essential to contemporary art.
In Song of sirens, the experiences, methods, emotions, and motifs, that inspire these artists coalesce in a ‘strange harmony of contrasts’, offering an experience akin to being immersed in a deep pool. This exhibition presents material and cultural spaces, and an abstract language of sense and sensation, where attention is directed towards wholeness and depth. These artists’ energies move forward, behind, and around us, as temporal, physical, or spatial phenomena.
Now open, The world is not a foreign land brings together work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Crossing three geographically and culturally distinct regions—the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley, and North-eastern Arnhem Land—each artist presents sometimes strikingly different perspectives on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art.